Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019
ATHENS, Ga. - An impressive second-half comeback attempt fell short as the Georgia men’s basketball team was defeated by Mississippi State, 68-67, on Wednesday night in Stegeman Coliseum.
Five Georgia players contributed double-digit points for the Georgia offense, including senior forward Derek Ogbeide (10), senior guard Turtle Jackson (11), junior guard Jordan Harris (13), junior guard Tyree Crump (10) and sophomore forward Rayshaun Hammonds (12).
Hammonds and Harris highlighted the Georgia offensive performance. Hammonds recorded his second double-double on the season and the third of his career. Harris’ stellar offensive efforts resulted in two new career-highs, as he tallied 13 points and sank three baskets from behind the three-point line.
On defense, Georgia committed a season-low nine turnovers against a Mississippi State team that ranks third in steals in the conference.
"We had that bad stretch at the end of the first half. We broke some plays, made some sloppy passes, and didn't have our hands up in the zone,” Georgia head coach Tom Crean said. “We overcame all of that. I'm not sure a couple weeks ago if our team overcomes that. We're getting better. I think everybody can see it, I hope everybody can see it. The last two games we were good enough to win, but we just didn't get the result. But we're absolutely getting better, and we're going to stay with it."