ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Freshman Anthony Edwards scored 23 points to lead Georgia to a comeback 73-64 win over Georgia Southern Monday night.
Edwards took over late, scoring eight straight points over a two-minute span as the Bulldogs rallied from a 60-59 deficit with 5:16 to play. Georgia Southern led by as much as seven points in the second half.
Fellow freshman Toumani Camara added a career-high 16 points for Georgia (8-3), most on dunks.
Ike Smith led Georgia Southern (8-5) with 25 points. Isaiah Crawley added 16.
Edwards scored the first seven points of the game. However, two quick fouls sent him to the bench less than four minutes into the game. He managed one more basket in the first half.
Georgia Southern mounted an eight-point run midway through the half, spread over three minutes of bad shooting by both teams to take its first lead, 23-22 with 7:11 to play on a fade-away by Smith.
The lead did not last long, but Georgia failed to score over the last 5:08 of the half after Toumani Camara’s basket gave the Bulldogs a 29-25 edge.
The Eagles scored the last seven of the half to go up 32-29 at intermission.
Georgia briefly recaptured the lead on Camara’s reverse layup, 33-32. But Smith sparked a 10-2 run by the Eagles with three baskets, including a 3-pointer, building a 42-35 lead with 17:09 to go.
The Bulldogs followed Sahvir Wheeler’s lead on an 11-2 run to retake the lead on his pull-up jumper with 8:37 to play. Wheeler made two baskets during the rally and fed Camara for a throw-down on a fast break. Wheeler led the Bulldogs with seven assists.
The teams traded the lead before Donnell Gresham’s layup with 4:23 to play put Georgia ahead for good, 61-60. Then came Edwards’ push.
Georgia Southern plays at Coastal Carolina on Jan. 2.
Georgia has a week off before playing Austin Peay next Monday.
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