Dec. 21, 2013
ATHENS, Ga.-- Georgia guard Charles Mann hit a pair of free throws with just 2.5 seconds remaining to propel the Bulldogs to a 65-63 victory over Western Carolina. Georgia, which is now riding a five-game winning streak, overcame a ten-point second half deficit to secure its sixth victory of the season.
"I thought their team deserved to win that game more than ours did," said head coach Mark Fox. "We did not play well, we did not shoot free throws well and at the end, when we tried to miss a free throw, we make the son of a gun. I am proud of our team for this: for battling back, digging in and competing. But we have to play more complete than we played. I didn't coach well and I told our team that. I didn't feel like that we had a good approach [on their changing defenses].
"I am proud that we competed and we learned a lot today in this game, and I was really proud that we battled back and won the game. But give their team credit--boy they made a lot of plays and I have a lot of respect for that."
After Western Carolina's (6-8) Tom Tankelewicz tied the game at 63 from the free throw line with 20 seconds left, the Bulldogs' (6-4) Gaines drove through the lane and was fouled leading to his game winning free-throws.
The Bulldogs used an 11-1 run in the game's final seven minutes, capped off by a Donte' Williams dunk and Nemi Djurisic three-pointer to take the lead and gain the momentum heading into the game's final possessions.
The game was close from the start with the first half featuring five lead changes and nine ties. After Georgia tied the game at 29 to end the half, the Catamounts used an 8-0 run out of the halftime intermission to build a 37-29 lead. After the Bulldogs cut the deficit to five, Western Carolina stormed back to bring its lead to double digits with 13 minutes remaining.
Kenny Gaines led Georgia offensively with 17 points. Mann also contributed 13 points.
The Catamounts relied on Trey Sumler who had 21 points and five rebounds.
After a brief holiday break, the Bulldogs will travel to Boulder, Colo. to take on No. 20 Colorado (10-1) on Saturday, Dec. 28. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
Georgia vs. Western Carolina Notes
Georgia attempted the most free throws of any game this season (38) and Western Carolina shot the fewest of a Georgia opponent this season (10).
The Bulldogs went 5-for-10 from behind the three-point line, tying its best three-point shooting performance of the season (Lipscomb, 9-for-18)
Georgia outrebounded the Catamounts 28-25 and remains undefeated when outrebounding its opponent.
The Series: Georgia drops to 6-0 all-time versus the Catamounts.
Next Up: After a brief holiday break, the Bulldogs will travel to Boulder, Colo. to take on No. 20 Colorado (10-1) on Saturday, Dec. 28. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
The game is the first true road contest for the Bulldogs and will mark the first of three straight road tests. Georgia is 6-2 all-time in its series with Colorado (2-2 in Boulder. Most recently, Georgia dropped a 70-68 road contest to the Buffalos in 2011-12.