There wasn't anything easy about it but Georgia made enough plays down the stretch to come away with a 64-61 win over the Auburn Tigers to close out the regular season schedule.
J.J. Frazier moved back into the starting lineup in place of the injured Kenny Gaines and led the way with 16 points. Charles Mann scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half to keep the Bulldogs close. Nemi Djurisic also came up big with 14 points and eight rebounds.
In a back and forth game throughout, the Bulldogs' free throw shooting was the difference. Mann was fouled on a drive by Auburn's Cinmeon Bowers with 1:32 remaining and the score tied. He knocked down both free throws to put Georgia in front 62-60.
Auburn missed on their next possession and Georgia milked the clock all the way down but couldn't get a shot off before the shot clock expired. Still leading by two, the Bulldogs then survived a scary stretch where they could not run down a defensive rebound.
Auburn's KT Harrell got loose on the baseline and missed a three-point attempt with just 16 seconds remaining however, Jordon Granger ran down the board. After a Bruce Pearl timeout, the Tigers inbounded to Harrell who passed out to a wide open Granger who missed another go-ahead three-point attempt. Georgia again failed to grab the rebound and Bowers was fouled with just six seconds remaining.
A bad free throw shooter, Bowers missed the first but made the second. The Bulldogs inbounded to Frazier who was fouled and knocked down a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 64-61. Harell missed a desperation attempt with two seconds remaining to seal the win for the Bulldogs.
Georgia finishes the season with a 20-10 record and an 11-7 conference mark.