Nemanja Djurisic came off the bench and scored 17 points as Georgia ended a three-game Southeastern Conference losing streak with a 91-78 victory against LSU at Stegman Coliseum in Athens on Thursday night.
LSU reduced a 13-point halftime deficit to three at 48-45 on a Jarell Martin 3-pointer with 15:05 left in the game. It took Georgia just four minutes to rebuild its advantage to double digits during a 13-6 run. Six Bulldogs players scored during this stretch. Brandon Morris converted a three-point play and Djurisic knocked down a 3-pointer. Charles Mann and Marcus Thornton made field goals, while J.J. Frazier sank two free throws. The other Georgia point came on a foul shot by Cameron Forte. LSU's points came on a three-point play by Martin and a 3-pointer by Andre Stringer. During this time, Martin missed four field goal attempts and committed two turnovers. The Thornton field goal put the Bulldogs ahead 61-51 with 11:08 remaining the game. The Tigers never trailed by fewer than six points the rest of the night.
KEY PERIOD IN FIRST HALF
LSU recovered from a slow start to pull within one point at 23-22 on a basket by Jordan Mickey with 7:52 before halftime. The Tigers failed to score on their next five possessions. Stringer missed two shots, including a 3-pointer and Malik Morgan missed a shot. Shavon Coleman misfired on a 3-pointer and committed two turnovers. Meanwhile, Georgia scored 11 points to take a 34-23 lead with 4:15 remaining. A 3-pointer by Djurisic started the outburst. Mann had a field goal and a couple of free throws. The other four Bulldogs points came on a field goal by Donte Williams and two foul shots by Juwan Parker.
KEY PERIOD IN SECOND HALF
The Tigers got back into the game during a 2½-minute stretch early in the second half. A field by Morris gave the Bulldogs a 47-37 lead with 17:24 to play. LSU then went on an 8-1 run with Martin scoring six of the eight points. Martin made two baskets, including a 3-pointer, and sank one of two foul shots. The other points came on a basket by Mickey. Martin had an opportunity to tie the score, but missed a 3-pointer. Georgia then had its game-deciding run.
LSU'S TOP STARTER
Mickey overcame a slow start to finish with 19 points and eight rebounds. Mickey, who scored just two points in the first 11 minutes of the game, had 12 of his points after halftime. Mickey was 7-of-9 from the field and 5-of-10 at the foul line. He has scored in double figures for six straight games. Mickey, who played all but one minute, blocked two shots.
LSU'S TOP RESERVE
Stringer, who was on the court for 29 minutes, finished with 19 points - his most since the Ole Miss game three weeks ago. Four of Stringer's six field goals were 3-pointers. He was 4-of-6 from behind the 3-point line. Stringer also had five assists and five rebounds. Stringer had one steal which gives him 122 for his career. He broke a tie with Maurice Williamson for 17th place on the school's all-time rankings.
LSU'S UNSUNG HERO
Martin was far more active under the basket while scoring 15 points, which matched the second most in a game for him this season. Martin missed eight of his 12 field goal attempts, but he was 6-of-7 at the foul line. He grabbed three rebounds.
All but 15 of Georgia's points came in the paint or at the foul line. The Bulldogs scored 44 points in the lane and were 32-of-46 at the free throw line. LSU had 30 points in the paint and was 15-of-22 at the foul line. Georgia attacked the Tigers zone so well that they got out of it in the first half and played man-to-man the rest of the game. The Tigers were outrebounded by Georgia 37-30. The Bulldogs shot 60 percent from the field (27-of-45), including 65 percent (13-of-20) in the second half. LSU shot 42 percent from the field (27-of-64). The Tigers made 41 percent of their 3-point attempts (9-of-22), but Georgia made 56 percent of its treys (5-of-9).
LSU went with its big lineup once again - Johnny O'Bryant, Mickey, Martin, Coleman and Anthony Hickey. . .O'Bryant was not a factor due to foul troubles. He played just 14 minutes before fouling out. O'Bryant, who was 4-of-11 from the field, had nine points and two rebounds - his worst performance since the Ole Miss contest in which he had six points and five rebounds. . .Coleman also had a poor night with three points and three rebounds. He also fouled out after playing just 17 minutes. Coleman committed three of LSU's nine turnovers. . .Hickey had nine points and four assists with no turnovers. But, he wasn't really an impact player. . .Stringer was the only reserve to play more than nine minutes. . .Djurisic was 4-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-3 on 3-pointers, and 7-of-7 at the foul line. He also accounted for six rebounds, two assists and two steals. . .Mann, who made nine free throws, had 16 points and four assists. Mann did commit six of the Bulldogs' 13 turnovers. . .Thornton had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Morris added 11 points. . .Georgia entered the game shooting 37 percent from the field and averaging 65.5 points in SEC games. The Bulldogs shot 60 percent from the field and scored 91 points. . .The last time the Tigers allowed at least 90 points to Georgia came 19 seasons ago. The Bulldogs beat LSU 98-89 in 1995. . .The Tigers have lost their last three games in Athens. . .LSU is 14-7 overall, 5-4 in the SEC. Georgia is 11-10 overall, 5-4 in the SEC. The Tigers and Bulldogs are tied with Tennessee and Vanderbilt for fourth place in the SEC standings. The paid attendance was 4,902.
FROM THE LOCKERROOM
Coach Johnny Jones
"We didn't play to the level we needed to go on the road and a get a win. We allowed Georgia to get confidence early in the game. They were a team shooting 30-something percent and scoring about 60 points. They shoot 60 percent and score 91 points. We were not tough enough defensively tonight. We're not there yet."
"The problem wasn't offense. We were not good enough and not tough enough on defense tonight. We had 33 fouls which is tough for us. Johnny O'Bryant played just 15 minutes. You have to be good enough to play through that. A good team does that."
"Andre Stringer played a heady game, a good floor game. He played with a sense of urgency and toughness."
LSU will play host to Auburn at the PMAC on Saturday at 3 p.m. Auburn (11-9, 3-6) has won three consecutive games after starting 0-6 in the SEC. The LSU-Auburn game will be broadcast on SECTV.