Feb. 1, 2012
AUBURN, Ala.-----Georgia held Auburn to 33 percent shooting from the field, but the Tigers sank 21 free throws in the second half and held on for a 59-51 win at Auburn Arena on Wednesday.
After trailing for much of the game, the Bulldogs (10-11, 1-6 SEC) got to within two with under a minute remaining, but couldn't get any closer as Auburn (13-9, 3-5 SEC) won for the 12th time in 13 games on its home floor.
"We just didn't play very well offensively," Georgia head coach Mark Foxsaid. "Even with our shooting, we had a chance to win the game but made so many unintelligent plays. We let our frustration affect our offensive play. Still, we put ourselves in position and got it to where it was one-possession game, but found a way to mess it up. Give Auburn credit. They got to the foul line a great deal in the second half, and that was real key for them."
Georgia held Auburn scoreless for nearly seven minutes to start the game, and didn't allow a field goal until the 10:45 mark in the first half. The Bulldogs led 9-2, but Auburn took control on a 20-1 run and led 25-16 at halftime.
UGA closed to within three four different times in the second half, and a layup by Gerald Robinsonwith 52 second left cut Auburn's lead to 51-49. The Tigers, however, stretched the lead back to five on a layup and free throw by Kenny Gabriel.
Georgia was held to 25 percent shooting from the field, including 4-for-23 in the first half. The Bulldogs were led by Robinson's 16 points and eight rebounds, while Dustin Ware had 10 points, and Donte' Williamschipped in with nine points and nine rebounds.
Varez Ward scored a game-high 17 points, including 12-for-12 from the free throw line, and Gabriel added 16 points for the Tigers, who outscored the Bulldogs 26-10 in the paint.
Georgia will be back in action Saturday when it travels to Tennessee for an 8 p.m. ET contest. The game will be televised by FSN.