Georgia pushes win streak to 6, beats Norfolk State 63-50
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Sophomore J.J. Frazier came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points, leading Georgia to its sixth straight victory, 63-50 over Norfolk State Saturday afternoon.
Charles Mann scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season for Georgia (9-3).
Jeff Short led Norfolk State (9-7) with 16 points. The Spartans shot just 29.7 percent from the field and missed 19 of 26 3-point attempts.
Norfolk State scored the first basket of the game but never led again. After Georgia built a 13 point lead at halftime, the Spartans got as close as 38-34 in the second half after Short’s 3-pointer with 13:30 to go.
But Frazier responded with a coast-to-coast layup and a 3-pointer, and Georgia went back up 45-34 with 11:11 left.
The Bulldogs could never put the game out of reach, but neither could the Spartans seriously threaten again.
After Norfolk State scored the first basket, the Bulldogs quickly jumped in front 7-2 with a low-post basket by Marcus Thornton, a 3-pointer by Kenny Gaines and two free throws by Mann.
The lead grew to seven before a mini-rally by Norfolk State closed the gap to 18-17 with 7:01 to go in the first half after a 3-pointer from the corner by Malik Gray.
Georgia closed out the half with an 18-6 stretch, its scoring spread evenly.
Norfolk State scored the first three baskets of the second half to cut the deficit to 36-31 after D’Shon Taylor’s 3-pointer from the corner.
Nemanja Djurisic scored the Bulldogs’ first points of the second half on an athletic baseline drive, but Short’s 3-pointer made it 38-34.
Then Gaines hit a driving layup, and Frazier went the length of the floor for a layup, followed up with a 3-pointer in transition. Georgia led 45-34 with 11:11 to go.
Norfolk State: The Spartans out-rebounded Georgia 43-37.
Georgia: The Bulldogs’ 9-3 record is the best pre-conference record since 2011, and the six-game win streak is the first since 2011 as well.
Norfolk State travels to Princeton Tuesday for its last non-conference game of the season.
Georgia opens the Southeastern Conference schedule at home Tuesday against Arkansas.