ATHENS — Georgia basketball had the breakout game it had been waiting for, dominating what had been a red-hot LSU team on Tuesday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
Sahvir Wheeler recorded the program’s first-ever double-double, leading the Bulldogs (14-9, 7-9 SEC) over the Tigers (14-7, 9-5) by a 91-78 count.
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Wheeler had 14 points along with posting career-highs with 11 rebounds and 13 assists as Georgia built a 45-29 halftime advantage and didn’t let LSU get closer than 12 the remainder of the game.
“We knew at some point there would be a great breakthrough,” Wheeler said. “We’ve played a lot of great halves … we finally put together two good halves of basketball.”
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Toumani Camara recorded a double-double with a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds. It was Camara’s seventh double-double of the season, the most in the SEC.
Tye Fagan had a strong performance with 18 points and 7 rebounds. KD Johnson, who had not yet been cleared to play when the teams met the first time — a 94-92 LSU OT win on Jan. 6 — scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half as the Bulldogs refused to let the Tigers make a comeback.
“I said to them today, the team that establishes the toughness is the team that will get their running game going the best. It was a very efficient game for us.”
It was the third time this season UGA scored more than 90 points and the team’s largest margin of victory in an SEC game.
Wheeler, a sophomore from Houston, was coming off a career-high 27-point effort against Florida.
But against a bigger, longer LSU team, Wheeler said he knew coming in that he would be looking to get more rebounds.
“I felt this was a game I could help out and crash the boards,” said Wheeler, who had 8 of his rebounds in the first half. “The assists are a credit to my teammates. Those are the guys that finish and make me look good.”
The Tigers entered the game on a three-game winning streak, smashing Auburn 104-80 in their previous contest.
The Bulldogs return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum against South Carolina.