Georgia guard William "Turtle" Jackson and the Bulldogs played Ole Miss on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 in Oxford, Miss. (Photo courtesy of UGA Sports Communications)

Georgia loses to Ole Miss when late shot won’t fall

It was another gut-wrenching loss for what’s become a gritty Georgia basketball team Saturday against Ole Miss, a 72-71 defeat in Oxford, Miss. 

The Bulldogs (10-17, 1-13 SEC) had a chance to win in the final seconds in a game that saw 10 lead changes, but Tyree Crump’s 3-point attempt as time expired was off the mark. 

Georgia made 15 of 23 shots in the second half (65.2 percent), refusing to die on the road. 

The Rebels (19-8, 9-5) held off a furious UGA rally after leading by as many as 13 points, protecting their NCAA Tournament resume. 

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Ole Miss led 69-62 with 2:53 left when Georgia made its final run, fueled by seven consecutive Jordan Harris points, including a pair of free throws with 1:36 left that tied the score. 

Harris scored a career-high 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the floor and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line along with five assists. 

The Rebels answered Harris’ run with a Devontae Shuler 3-pointer to go up 72-69, before a Nicolas Claxton jumper closed the gap to 72-71. 

Ole Miss star Breein Tyree (17 points) missed the front end of a one-and-one situation at the free-throw line with 10.9 seconds left, and Georgia had the ball with a chance to win on the final possession. 

Coach Tom Crean called for a timeout with just under six seconds left and designed the inbounds pass to go to Claxton, who in turn dished the ball out to Crump for the ill-fated shot attempt. 

Rayshaun Hammonds led UGA with 16 points along with 5 rebounds, while Claxton scored 13 points but committed a career-high 8 turnovers. 

Georgia trailed by 10 at halftime, but opened the second half on an 8-0 run, cutting the Ole Miss lead to 39-37. 

The Rebels’ halftime lead came on the strength of a 13-0 run midway through the first half that made it 28-18.

The Rebels pressure created Georgia through the first 20 minutes, leading to 12 first-half UGA turnovers that sparked Ole Miss to 11 points in transition. 

Georgia returns to action at 9 p.m. Wednesday at home against Auburn.

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