Morris propels Georgia past Lipscomb 84-75
ATHENS, Ga. (AP)
Brandon Morris scored a career-high 17 points in his first start at point guard, leading Georgia to an 84-75 win over Lipscomb Saturday afternoon.
Charles Mann, the starting point guard and Georgia's leading scorer, watched from the sidelines with a sore knee as Morris and walk-on Taylor Echols handled the minutes at the point. Echols had played a total of 37 minutes previously in his Georgia career and had never scored. He had nine points Saturday.
Georgia (4-4) got 15 points from Namanja Djurisic and 14 from Dante Williams. It was the Bulldogs' first game in 12 days after a break for exams.
Martin Smith led Lipscomb (4-6) with 23 points. Khion Sankey and J.C. Hampton added 13 points apiece.
Lipscomb took the early lead and extended it by as much as six points, the last time at 13:45 after a basket by Sankey made it 16-10.
Georgia rallied with a quick 9-0 run over a 60-second span, going up 19-16 on Juwan Parker's 3-pointer midway through the first half. However, it was a 12-2 run later in the half that really sparked the Bulldogs.
Georgia led 23-22 after Lipscomb's Sankey converted a three-point play, but Kenny Gaines hit a 3-pointer and threw down an alley-oop dunk in transition during a four-minute stretch as Georgia built a 35-24 lead.
Another alley-oop dunk by Williams accounted for the 40-27 halftime margin.
A 9-0 burst by Georgia put the Bulldogs up 54-35, sparked by Morris with an under-and-up layup and two free throws to cap off the run.
Lipscomb countered by putting together a 16-3 rally, fueled by four 3-pointers. Smith hit three from beyond the arc during the rally and knocked down four free throws, cutting their deficit to four with 7:53 to play.
The Bison couldn't pull any closer, making only one field goal over the next four minutes as Georgia went up 71-62 on Morris's driving layup with 4:05 remaining.
Morris scored nine of his points in the last 3:15 as he helped hold off the Bison. The 6-foot-7 sophomore played forward as a freshman. Saturday he contributed three assists, two blocks and a steal while turning it over three times.
Echols had four assists and two steals.