Georgia comes up short against Texas A&M

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Emanuel Miller scored a game-high 21 points, and Texas A&M wiped out a 12-point deficit to defeat Georgia 74-69 on Saturday.

The score was tied 59-59 with 4:32 remaining before the Aggies outscored the Bulldogs 15-10 the rest of the way. Miller scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half.

The Aggies (12-12, 6-6 SEC) avenged a 63-48 loss at Georgia (12-13, 2-10) on Feb. 1. The Bulldogs used a 15-6 burst in that game to start the second half and never looked back. This time, the Aggies outscored the Bulldogs 45-31 in the second half to pull away late, and snap a two-game losing streak.

“This is why this is such a process here, and it makes me so sick to my stomach when we play as hard as we do and we do good things, but yet we give the other team 26 points off turnovers,” Georgia coach Tom Crean said.

“They shoot 53 percent in the second half, and we can’t do anything about it because they’re live-ball turnovers. It’s guard play, it’s wing play, you name it. It’s not happening. That’s why this is a process."

Bulldogs freshman Anthony Edwards, the possible top pick in this summer's NBA draft, was held to six points on 2-of-7 shooting. Rayshaun Hammonds led the Bulldogs with 15 points, and Tyree Crump scored 11.

With seven assists, point guard Sahvir Wheeler moved into second on Georgia’s freshman single-season assists list, with 109, passing Rashad Wright, Moses White and Dustin Ware. Ahead of Wheeler sits Litterial Green, who recorded 133 in the 1989 season.

The Bulldogs cruised to a 38-29 lead at halftime thanks to making half their shots from the field (15 of 30) and more than doubling the Aggies in rebounds (21-10) in the first 20 minutes.

Saturday’s outcome was par for the Bulldogs’ course this season, in teasing their fans with a lead before unraveling in the second half. At this point it would take a miracle -- aka an SEC tournament championship -- for Edwards to play in the NCAA Tournament in what’s shaping up as his lone collegiate season.

Up next for the Bulldogs is a game against No. 11 Auburn at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Stegeman Coliseum.