Gamecocks Fall to Georgia, One-and-Done in SEC Tournament
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — J.J. Frazier hit 1 of 2 free throws with 2.1 seconds left, and Georgia rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat South Carolina 65-64 Friday night in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals for the Bulldogs’ fifth-straight win.
The sixth-seeded Bulldogs (19-12) are back in the semifinals for a third-straight season, something only they and Kentucky can claim, and Georgia will play the 16th-ranked Wildcats on Saturday to have a chance at this league’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth.
Georgia trailed by as many as 11 points before beating South Carolina for the third time this season. The Bulldogs hit seven of their final eight free throws.
Frazier scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half. Yante Maten added 17, and Charles Mann had 10.
The third-seeded Gamecocks (24-8) led much of the game. Sindarius Thornwell scored 23 points, and Laimonas Chatkevicius added 14.