COLUMBIA, Mo. — Five Missouri players scored in double figures as the No. 17 Tigers topped Georgia 79-62 Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena to deny the Bulldogs their first SEC victory.
Vincent Williams scored a career-high 23 points Wednesday night.
“I thought we played super hard,” said head coach Mark Fox. “I think these kids have great pride in their team and in their school. Some of these guys have to make mistakes. They have bright futures, but they need time and game experiences and they’re going to make some mistakes. We traded buckets for a lot of the second half and had chances to creep back in it but just didn’t seize the moment, and that’s one of the keys to why we lost the game.”
In the first half, Georgia weathered several Missouri (13-3, 2-1 SEC) runs, and after trailing by as many as 14 points, closed the half on an 8-2 run to trail 38-30 at halftime. Georgia’s Williams, who entered the game averaging just 4.1 points per game, led Georgia with 13 first-half points, including two 3-pointers. Georgia shot 55 percent in the half, including 5-of-9 from long distance.
UGA ended the game 10-of-17 from 3-point range, the most makes in a game this season.
Missouri pulled away with a 15-6 run midway through the second half to extend its lead to 64-47 with just over six minutes remaining. The Tigers grabbed their largest lead of the game at 67-49 just a minute letter with a pair of free throws from Missouri guard Keion Bell. Bell finished the game with 14 points and four assists.
The Bulldogs committed 19 turnovers in the game, including 11 in the second half, and the Tigers outscored Georgia 32-12 in the paint.
Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross led the Tigers with 15 points each.
Georgia returns home to square off with LSU on Saturday night at 8 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum. The game will be televised on CSS.
Courtesy of Michael Terry/UGA Sports Communications