7:00 PM ET, December 18, 2003
Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Rashad Wright made the most of his only field goal Thursday night.Wright's jump shot with 15.3 seconds left gave Georgia the lead, and South Alabama's last-second attempt to tie the game failed as the Bulldogs held on for a 65-63 win.Wright, who leads Georgia with an average of 16.9 points per game, was only one-for-eight from the field and finished with three points.Damien Wilkins led Georgia (6-2) with 16 points. Chris Daniels added 11.Chris Young scored 17 points for South Alabama (3-4).Georgia's Chris Daniels was called for traveling with 1:19 left to play and the game tied 63-63. South Alabama called a timeout, but James Spencer missed a long jumper and Jonas Hayes pulled down the rebound for Georgia.The Bulldogs worked the shot clock down to about five seconds before Wright sank a pull-up jumper.Malerick Bedden drove the baseline for South Alabama and plowed into Georgia freshman Buzz Wehunt. Bedden's underhand scoop was no good, and Georgia grabbed the rebound as the buzzer sounded.Pelphrey pleaded with the officials for a foul.Georgia beat South Alabama each of the last two years, including a 94-82 home win last year.Georgia has only freshmen playing behind four seniors, and first-year coach Dennis Felton often has at least two freshmen on the floor.Georgia, which already has an 80-60 home loss to Winthrop, will have few wins by comfortable margins, and the Bulldogs couldn't pull away Thursday night.Georgia was without Hayes after he picked up two quick fouls and sat out the final 13:25 of the half.Freshman Steve Newman was pushed into a more prominent role, but when he needed a rest Georgia had to play with three guards.Wehunt, provided a spark with a sequence of three plays. His baseline drive and basket gave Georgia a 23-22 lead with 5:17 left. Wehunt then stole a pass and then sank a 3-pointer, giving the Bulldogs momentum for a 34-26 halftime lead.Georgia pushed the lead to 10 points in the opening minutes of the second half, but South Alabama fought back on Young's outside shooting and Bedden's inside game. Bedden scored 15 points.Young's fourth 3-pointer brought the Jaguars within a point at 59-58. Bedden followed with a short jump hook shot to give South Alabama its first lead of the second half at 60-59 with 4:01 left to play.
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