Mann had a key three-point play with 2:25 remaining that gave Georgia the lead. (File photo)
Photo: John Kelley / UGA Sports
Photo: John Kelley / UGA Sports

GEORGIA 71, MISSOURI 56

Two down. Three to go.

Georgia entered the final five games of the regular season with a chance to record series sweeps of all five opponents. Number two went down at Stegeman Coliseum on national television Tuesday night as the Bulldogs manhandled Missouri 71-56.

The win was the sixth in the past seven games for the Bulldogs (16-11, 10-5 SEC) and keeps them in sole possession of third place in the SEC by two games over five teams. The Bulldogs overcame a five-point deficit in overtime to 70-64 in Columbia to open SEC play season Jan. 8.

Missouri, which entered the game on the NCAA bubble with an RPI of 46, falls to 19-9 overall and 7-8 in the SEC. The Tigers are 2-6 in SEC road games.

Georgia will attempt to gain another season sweep at 4 p.m. Saturday when it plays at Arkansas. The Bulldogs defeated the Razorbacks 66-61 in overtime Jan. 18.

Sophomore point guard Charles Mann broke out of a brief scoring slump and led the Bulldogs with 19 points. Junior forward Marcus Thornton added 15. Georgia overcame some early foul-shooting woes, but finished 16-of-26 after going 0-for-6 in the first half.

Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown, two of the SEC’s leading scorers, led the Tigers with 17 and 13, respectively. But they missed 20 shots between them and shot 32 percent for the game.

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