Georgia beats LSU 91-78 to snap 3-game skid
By CHARLES ODUM
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Nemanja Djurisic scored 17 points and Georgia never trailed while snapping a three-game losing streak with its 91-78 win over Louisiana State on Thursday night.
Charles Mann had 16 points and Marcus Thornton had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Georgia (11-10, 5-4 Southeastern Conference).
LSU's Johnny O'Bryant III, who was averaging 21.6 points over his last five games, was held to nine points, all but three coming in the final 6 minutes. O'Bryant fouled out with 58.3 seconds remaining.
Andre Stringer and Jordan Mickey each had 19 points for LSU (14-7, 5-4 SEC). Jarell Martin had 15.
Georgia, which was held under 70 points in its three straight losses, topped 90 points for only the second time this season by making a season-high 60 percent of its shots (27 of 45) from the field.
O'Bryant has 10 games with 20 or more points this season, including wins over No. 11 Kentucky and Arkansas in the Tigers' last two games.
LSU fell to 2-4 on the road, including 1-3 in SEC games away from Baton Rouge.
While LSU relied on 3-pointers for 12 of its first 18 points, Georgia pulled away to an early lead by working inside.
Following a rare inside basket by Martin, Georgia easily beat the Tigers' full-court press and took a 16-9 lead on Donte Williams' jam.
A tip by Williams stretched the lead to double figures for the first time at 32-22. Georgia led 43-30 at halftime.
Georgia's 43 first-half points were the most allowed by LSU in the opening 20 minutes since trailing Massachusetts 49-45 in the Tigers' season-opening 92-90 loss.
O'Bryant, who missed each of his three shots in the first half, broke his scoring drought on a three-point play early in the second half. O'Bryant didn't score again before he was called for his fourth foul less than 6 minutes into the half, sending the junior to the bench.
Another LSU forward, Shavon Coleman, was called for his fourth foul early in the second half and fouled out with 2:15 remaining.
Mickey scored six of LSU's first nine points in the second half. A 3-pointer by Martin cut Georgia's lead to 48-45.
Georgia answered, pushing its lead back to 10 points at 61-51 on a driving layup by Thornton.
Mann left the game with 9:52 remaining after he landed hard when his shot was rejected by Mickey. No foul was called. Mann returned with about 3 minutes later.
J.J. Frazier, who replaced Mann, quickly sank two 3-pointers to push the lead to 70-59.
O'Bryant returned after sitting out about 10 minutes and two quick layups, the last trimming Georgia's lead to 77-71.
Updated February 6, 2014