Western Carolina made a bid for history Saturday, but the Georgia men’s basketball team found a way to continue their streak.
Western Carolina blew a 10-point lead with just over seven minutes to play and dropped a 65-63 game at Stegeman Coliseum, falling to 0-6 all-time in the series.
Georgia (6-4), winners of five consecutive games, trailed 57-47 after the Catamounts’ Brandon Boggs drained a 3-pointer at the 7:13 mark of the second half. Kenny Gaines, who had a team-high 17 points, answered with a three, which started the Bulldogs on an 18-6 game-ending run.
Donte Williams’ dunk tied the game at 58-58 with 2:09 left, then Nemanha Djurisic hit a 3-pointer to put Georgia ahead 61-58, the hosts’ first lead since the 5:39 mark of the opening half. The game was tied twice more, the last at 63-63 when Western Carolina’s Tim Tankelewicz hit a pair of free throws with 20 seconds remaining.
Charles Mann (13 points) was fouled with two seconds to go and knocked down the game-winning charity shots.
Trey Sumler had 21 points to lead the Catamounts (6-8), who had lost the previous five games to Georgia by an average margin of nearly 24 points. The Cullowhee, North Carolina school still hasn’t defeated an SEC team since clipping Arkansas 62-59 in December, 2004.
The Associated Press No. 16 Georgia women had their unbeaten start to the season interrupted in a 61-58 loss to Rutgers.
With 37 seconds to play, Kahleah Cooper hit a 3-pointer for the last of her 18 points that gave Rutgers a 59-52 lead. Shacobia Barbee, who had 17 of her 18 points in the second half, hit consecutive 3-pointers to get the visitors from Athens to within one point. Tyler Scaife put the Scarlet Knights back up 61-58 with two free throws and Khaalidah Miller missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Betnijah Laney also had 18 points for Rutgers (9-2).
Panther hoops go 1-1 Friday
Manny Atkins, Ryan Harrow and R.J. Hunter combined for 61 points as Georgia State used a run midway through the second half to knock off in-state rival Georgia Southern 73-61 Friday at the GSU Sports Arena.
Brian Holmes, who had a team-high 19 points, scored 13 consecutive Georgia Southern points during the Eagles’ 13-3 run to start the second half. It was a 45-44 Southern lead two and a half minutes later when Harrow led State on a 12-2 stretch with seven of his 22 points and the Panthers never trailed again.
Atkins had 14 of his game-high 23 points in the first half as Georgia State (5-6) went into the locker room up 36-29.
Devonta White handed out a career-high 10 assists and Hunter chipped in with 16 points, including 3-of-7 from three-point range, part of a 49 percent shooting night for the Panthers.
Jelani Hewitt added 15 points for Southern (6-7), which has lost four consecutive road games in the series, last winning in Atlanta in January, 1992.
The Georgia State women struggled shooting the ball, making just 26-of-75 shots from the field, in an 87-68 loss to Santa Clara Friday night.
It was the opposite situation for the Broncos, who shot a sparkling 51 percent (32-of-62), led by Ruta Zurauskyte. The redshirt-senior center was averaging just 7.2 points coming into the non-conference game, but scored 24 Friday, hitting nine of her 12 field goal attempts.
Nici Gilday added 18 points for Santa Clara (4-7), while Haley Gerrin paced Georgia State (4-8) with 15 points.