COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Five Missouri players scored in double figures as No. 17 Missouri topped Georgia 79-62 Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena to deny the Bulldogs their first SEC victory.
Senior guard Vincent Williams led the way for Georgia (6-10, 0-3) with a career-high 23 points and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also contributed 15 points.
"I thought we played super hard," said head coach Mark Fox. "I think these kids have great pride in their team and in their school. Some of these guys have to make mistakes. They have bright futures, but they need time and game experiences and they're going to make some mistakes. We traded buckets for a lot of the second half and had chances to creep back in it but just didn't seize the moment and that's one of the keys to why we lost the game."
In the first half, Georgia weathered several Missouri (13-3, 2-1) runs and after trailing by as many as 14 points, closed the half on an 8-2 run to trail 38-30 at halftime. Georgia's Vincent Williams, who entered the game averaging just 4.1 points per game, led Georgia with 13 first-half points, including two three-pointers. Georgia shot 55 percent in the half, including 5-of-9 from distance.
Missouri pulled away with a 15-6 run midway through the second half to extend its lead to 64-47 with just over six minutes remaining. The Tigers grabbed their largest lead of the game at 67-49 just a minute letter with a pair of free throws from Missouri guard Keion Bell. Bell finished the game with 14 points and four assists.
The Bulldogs committed 19 turnovers in the game, including 11 in the second half.
Though the Tigers just outrebounded the Bulldogs 31-29, they outscored Georgia 32-12 in the paint.
Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross led the Tigers with 15 points apiece.
Georgia returns home to square off with LSU Saturday night at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on CSS. For ticket information, visit Georgiadogs.com.
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