ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Rashad Wright scored 21 points and Georgia
held Mississippi to only two baskets over the final 16 minutes for
a 64-51 victory Wednesday night.
Damien Wilkins put the Bulldogs (11-8, 3-5 Southeastern
Conference) ahead to stay at 41-38 with the last of five straight
3-pointers made by his team.Georgia needed to get hot from outside just to keep up with Ole
Miss (12-7, 3-5). Each team hit four straight 3s until the Rebels
finally blinked -- Justin Reed was stripped of the ball to end the
thrilling back-and-forth duel, which proved to be fleeting in a
tedious defensive struggle.Wilkins hit another trey to put Georgia ahead with 14:54
remaining, then connected on a fallaway jumper after Reed's
turnover. The Bulldogs were off on a 15-1 run that buried the
Rebels.After Aaron Harper's 3-pointer 16:03 remaining, Ole Miss didn't
make another field goal until Reed's lay-in with 8:57 to go. Then
it was another long drought -- the Rebels' last basket came on
Harper's meaningless three-point play with 55.4 seconds to go.Georgia, meanwhile, made 11-of-18 from the field in the second
half, a 61 percent success rate that was in striking contrast to
their 28 percent shooting (9-of-32) in the first half.Wright led the way, hitting 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. He also
tied a career high with seven rebounds and doled out four assists,
which tied Litterial Green's school record of 466 career assists.The Rebels were led by Harper and Reed with 19 points apiece.
But they couldn't overcome 38 percent shooting, 13 turnovers and a
37-27 deficit on the boards.Wilkins went 3-of-6 from the 3-point line and finished with 14
points. Jonas Hayes added 13 for the Bulldogs.