LSU 61, Georgia 53
Andre Stringer scored 18 points to lead LSU to a 61-53 victory
against Georgia in a Southeastern Conference game on Wednesday
Stringer matched his career-high with four 3-pointers. His last
3-pointer ignited a 9-2 run, which helped the Tigers pick up their
fifth victory in the past six games.
LSU (17-10, 7-6), which had a ten-point lead with slightly more
than two minutes remaining in the game, didn’t clinch the victory
until the last 30 seconds. A field goal and two free throws by
Gerald Robinson, Jr. put the Bulldogs behind by six at 54-48.
Georgia cut its deficit to four points at 57-53 when Robinson
made a layup with 27 seconds to play. The Bulldogs (12-15, 3-10)
didn’t score again, while both Ralston Turner and Justin Hamilton
sank a pair of foul shots for the Tigers.
Johnny O’Bryant added 14 points for LSU.
Robinson scored 17 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped
in 10 to lead Georgia, which lost its third straight.
LSU scored the first 10 points less than 3 minutes into the
game, as O’Bryant made a field goal and converted a three-point
play, Stringer connected on a 3-pointer and Anthony Hickey drove
for a layup.
The Tigers led by no fewer than eight until the final seconds of
the first half. Trailing 29-17, Georgia scored the last six points
before halftime on field goals by Caldwell-Pope, Dustin Ware and
LSU could not pull away from Georgia in the second half.
The Tigers went ahead by eight points on a couple of occasions –
the last time at 42-34 after a 3-pointer by Stringer. However, the
Bulldogs reduced their deficit to three points at 45-42, following
Donte’ Williams’ three-point play with 6:49 to go.
LSU then put together the key run, wrapping up the victory.
Stringer started the outburst with a 3-pointer. After another
basket by Donte’ Williams, Turner knocked down a 3 – his only field
goal of the game.
Two foul shots by Hamilton and one by Chris Bass built the
Tigers’ lead to 10 points at 54-44 with 2:23 remaining. LSU then
withstood one more Georgia rally to secure the victory.