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Georgia 65, South Alabama 63

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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