Georgia tops Mississippi 81-63 in SEC Tournament opener

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rayshaun Hammonds had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Georgia shot 55% to beat Mississippi 81-63 in the opener of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Jordan Harris added 21 points and Sahvir Wheeler 15 for the 13th-seeded Bulldogs, who never trailed and led by 17 early in the second half. They shot 56% in the first half and made nine of their first 14 after halftime to halt a two-game slide to end the regular season. Georgia will face No. 5 Florida in the second round. Breein Tyree scored 18 points and Devontae Shuler 17 for Ole Miss.