Georgia 92, Winthrop 86

Gerald Robinson scored 22 points and fellow guard Dustin Ware

20, and they hit free throws and field goals at clutch times to

lead Georgia over Winthrop 92-86 in overtime Tuesday night.

Winthrop (4-9), which beat Georgia 80-60 in 2003, the last time

the teams met, got 33 points from Andre Jones, who became the

school’s 19th 1,000-point scorer.

The Bulldogs (8-5) trailed for all but the last 2.4 seconds of

the final 2 1/2 minutes of regulation, but Robinson and Ware

combined for all 14 of Georgia’s points in the last 41 seconds. At

the end, Ware hit a 3-pointer with 9.6 seconds to go and Robinson

went coast-to-coast for a layup to tie the game 76-76 and force

overtime.

In overtime, Ware hit another 3-pointer early and Georgia built

an 86-78 lead after making 5 of 6 free throws and getting a stuff

tip from Donte Williams with 2:34 to go. The Eagles never got

closer than four points, but the game wasn’t decided until Ware and

Robinson hit four free throws in the final 22 seconds

Georgia’s freshman starters Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Nemanja

Djurisic scored 18 and 17 points, respectively.

Winthrop scored the first seven points of the game, including

five by Jones, which was enough to give him 1,000 for his

career.

The Eagles still led by seven points, 13-6 with 15:11 to go in

the first half, when center George Valentine tipped in a missed

shot.

The Bulldogs got hot from 3-point range, hitting four during a

13-6 run to tie the score for the first time at 19-19 with 10:37 to

play on Caldwell-Pope’s 3-pointer.

Georgia’s first lead of the half came at the 9:20 mark on a

layup by Vince Williams, making it 21-19.

The teams traded the lead seven times before the Bulldogs got

late layups in transition from Robinson and Ware to take a 34-30

halftime lead.

Georgia ran out to a 48-35 lead 5 1/2 minutes into the second

half, but Winthrop’s Derrick Henry, who scored 17 points, hit three

3-pointers, and the Eagles tied the game at 48 with 10:35 to play

on a spin move by Larry Brown.

A dunk and a 3-pointer by Caldwell-Pope sparked Georgia to a

59-51 lead with 6:57 to go, but the Eagles trimmed the lead to

59-58 when Jones hit three free throws with 5:08 remaining.

Jones hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put Winthrop up 64-62 with

2:29 to play. When Winthrop called a timeout with 1:51 left, Jones

appeared to be cramping. But he came back out and hit a long

2-pointer to put Winthrop up 66-62 with 1:35 to go.

The Bulldogs put the game on the free-throw line, and Winthrop

hit 10 of 12 down the stretch. But the two misses were just enough

for Robinson and Ware to force overtime.

Djurisic started for the first time in place of Georgia’s

leading rebounder, Marcus Thornton, who underwent knee surgery

Tuesday after an injury early in the Furman game Friday night. His

return date is uncertain.

Djurisic got nine rebounds for Georgia.