Saint Mary's beats Georgia 77-65, advances to NIT quarters

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 6:15 p.m. ET

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Emmett Naar had 15 points and 11 assists, Dane Pineau added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Saint Mary's beat Georgia 77-65 on Sunday night in the NIT second round.

Saint Mary's pulled away with 11 straight points midway through the second half and led by 19 with 5:16 left. Georgia (20-14) answered with a 9-0 run to get within 72-62 with 3:06 left but got no closer from there.

Evan Fitzner and Joe Rahon added 13 points each for the second-seeded Gaels (29-5), who set a program record for wins in a season. They will face top-seeded Valparaiso in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Third-seeded Georgia trailed 36-23 at halftime but made 9 of 13 from the field to start the second half and cut within 51-47 with 11:48 left.

Charles Mann and J.J. Frazier had 13 points each for Georgia. Yante Maten added 12 and Kenny Gaines 11.


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