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UGA finishes strong, tops Vermont in NIT opener

UGA finishes strong, tops Vermont in NIT opener

UGA finishes strong, tops Vermont in NIT opener


    ATHENS — Charles Mann scored a career-high 29 points, including a three-point play with 2:25 remaining that gave Georgia the lead, and the Bulldogs beat Vermont 63-56 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.
    Georgia (20-13) led by 11 points early in the second half before Vermont took a 47-38 lead with an 18-2 run. Georgia went 8 minutes without a field goal before Kenny Gaines' steal and fast-break layup ended the drought.
    Mann's basket and free throw gave Georgia a 56-54 lead. Marcus Thornton, who had 16 points, added another three-point play as Georgia ended the game with a 14-2 run.
    Georgia will play Louisiana Tech, which beat Iona on Wednesday night, in the second round.
    Sandro Carissimo led Vermont (22-11) with 11 points and Candon Rusin had 10.
    Georgia overcame a season-high 22 turnovers, including seven by Mann.

Box Score
VERMONT (22-11)
Voelkel 1-3 0-0 2, Carissimo 4-8 2-2 11, Rusin 4-8 0-2 10, Rugg 3-7 2-4 8, O'Day 1-3 1-2 3, Apfeld 4-8 0-0 9, Harold 3-6 0-1 8, Elbaum 2-2 1-4 5, Steidl 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-46 6-15 56.

GEORGIA (20-13)
Thornton 4-7 8-8 16, Mann 8-11 12-13 29, Gaines 3-7 0-0 7, Williams 0-0 2-2 2, Morris 2-5 0-0 4, Parker 0-0 0-0 0, Dixon 0-0 0-0 0, Forte 0-0 0-0 0, Frazier 1-3 2-3 5, Djurisic 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 18-36 24-26 63.
Halftime_Georgia 29-20. 3-Point Goals_Vermont 6-14 (Rusin 2-3, Harold 2-4, Carissimo 1-3, Apfeld 1-3, Rugg 0-1), Georgia 3-12 (Mann 1-3, Frazier 1-3, Gaines 1-4, Morris 0-1, Djurisic 0-1). Fouled Out_Rugg. Rebounds_Vermont 18 (Carissimo 5), Georgia 31 (Williams 7). Assists_Vermont 9 (Voelkel 6), Georgia 5 (Mann 3). Total Fouls_Vermont 21, Georgia 16. A_3,951.

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