It was another gut-wrenching loss for what’s become a gritty Georgia basketball team on Saturday at Ole Miss, a 72-71 defeat.
The Bulldogs (10-17, 1-13) had a chance to win in the final seconds in a game that saw 10 lead changes, but Tyree Crump’s 3-point attempt was off the mark as time expired.
Georgia hit 15-of-23 shots in the second half (65.2 percent).
The Rebels (19-8, 9-5 SEC) held off a furious UGA rally after leading by as many as 13 points, protecting their NCAA Tournament resume.
Ole Miss led 69-62 with 2:53 left when Georgia made its final run.
Jordan Harris scored 7 consecutive points including a pair of free throws with 1:36 left to tie the game.
Harris scored a career-high 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the floor and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line along with 5 assists.
The Rebels answered Harris’ run with a Devontae Shuler 3-pointer to go up 72-69, before a Nicolas Claxton jumper closed the gap to 72-71.
Ole Miss star Breein Tyree (17 points) missed the front end of a one-and-one situation at the free-throw line with 10.9 seconds left, and Georgia had the ball with a chance to win.
Coach Tom Crean called timeout with just 5.3 seconds left. The ensuing inbounds pass went to Claxton, who dished the ball out to Crump for the ill-fated shot attempt.
“They didn’t get a great look, but they got it to the best player, Claxton, and he didn’t panic when he got double teamed, and he found the open player,” SEC Network analyst Dane Bradshaw said. “It looked like it was going in off the glass.”
Rayshaun Hammonds led UGA with 16 points, while Claxton scored 13 points but committed a career-high 8 turnovers.
Georgia was down 10 at halftime but opened the second half on an 8-0 run, cutting the Ole Miss lead to 39-37.
The Rebels halftime lead came on the strength of a 13-0 run midway through the first half that made it 28-18..
The Rebels pressure created Georgia through the first 20 minutes, leading to 12 first-half UGA turnovers that sparked Ole Miss to 11 points in transition.
Georgia returns to action at 9 p.m. on Wednesday at home against Auburn (TV: ESPNU). The Tigers lost at No. 4 Kentucky on Saturday, 80-53.
The Bulldogs have lost eight straight, and 12 in a row in SEC action.
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