Caldwell-Pope, Georgia top South Carolina 62-54 OT
GEORGIA 62, SOUTH CAROLINA 54
By GEORGE HENRY
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points,
Charles Mann added 14 and Georgia beat South Carolina 62-54 in
overtime on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (13-14, 7-7 Southeastern Conference) snapped a
three-game losing streak.
Bruce Ellington finished with 11 points and was the only player
to score in double digits for South Carolina (13-14, 3-11).
Nemanja Djurisic had 11 points and Brandon Morris pulled down 11
rebounds for Georgia.
After Ellington's 3-pointer with 1:43 left in regulation made it
51-47 and gave South Carolina its biggest lead, the Gamecocks
failed to score another field goal for the remainder of the
Georgia overcame an atrocious performance on free throws,
missing 18 of 46 attempts, but South Carolina hardly helped
itself by shooting 50 percent on 24 attempts.
The Bulldogs went over 6 minutes without a field goal before
Caldwell-Pope's 3 with 11 seconds remaining made it 53-all.
Ellington missed a long 3-point attempt at the regulation
buzzer, but South Carolina got a second chance after the
officials ruled that the game had gone to overtime.
During the timeout before the start of extra period, officials
retracted their decision after replays that showed the clock had
started too early after Caldwell-Pope's 3.
With another 4.5 seconds left in regulation, Ellington had his
3-point attempt from the right wing tipped by Mann at the
In overtime, Caldwell-Pope hit a runner to give the Bulldogs a
55-53 lead, and Georgia never again trailed.
Caldwell-Pope, the SEC's second-leading scorer, finished just 4
for 12 from the field, including 2 for 8 on 3-point attempts. He
was scoreless in the first half.
Ellington's 3 made it 37-35 with 12:17 remaining before Brian
Richardson's 3 gave the Gamecocks their first lead at 39-38 with
8:47 left in the game.
South Carolina went up 51-47 on Lakeem Jackson's short jumper
and Ellington's straightaway trey.
Eric Smith's two free throws gave the Gamecocks a 53-50
advantage with 17 seconds left in regulation before
Caldwell-Pope sent the game to overtime with a 3-pointer from
the right wing.
The Gamecocks were seeking consecutive wins for the first time
since they beat Presbyterian Dec. 29 for their fifth straight
South Carolina missed 18 of its first 21 shots in the first
Caldwell-Pope was 0 for 4 from the field and 0 for 3 on free
throws before his two fouls shots put the Bulldogs up 28-18
early in the second half.
Georgia didn't fare much better in the first half, shooting just
23.1 percent to lead 23-16 at intermission.
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