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Frazier's 3s help Georgia top No. 25 South Carolina, 69-56
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Georgia forward Yante Maten (1) celebrates the Bulldogs' 69-56 victory over South Carolina, Tuesday, in Athens, Ga. - photo by Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. — Trick-shot specialist J.J. Frazier scored all of his 13 points in the second half and then joined his teammates in the postgame challenge of ranking his three 3-pointers.

Yante Maten scored 18 points, Kenny Gaines had 17, and Georgia beat No. 25 South Carolina 69-56 on Tuesday night, giving the Gamecocks their third loss.

Georgia led by 10 points at halftime and never trailed in the second half.

Frazier hit two late 3s for Georgia (12-8, 5-4 Southeastern Conference), which snapped a two-game losing streak.

South Carolina (19-3, 6-3) was denied its attempt to reach 20 wins for the first time since 2008-09, when the Gamecocks finished 21-10.

Sindarius Thornwell led South Carolina with 18 points.

Frazier's dramatics began on the opening possession of the second half.

He was trapped when he jumped over the South Carolina bench to save a ball. He couldn't find a quick exit so he finally walked around the bench as Georgia passed the ball around on the other end of the court.

Frazier sprinted to join his teammates before catching a pass and calmly making a 3-pointer for his first points of the game.

"I was just trying to find a way to get back in the game," Frazier said. "There were chairs blocking the short cut. I got confused on where I was supposed to go."

Georgia coach Mark Fox said he came close to calling a timeout before seeing Frazier finally figure out a path back to the court.

Late in the game, Frazier hit a 3-pointer from the corner for a 59-52 lead.

Then came more drama. With only 1:49 remaining and the shot clock about to expire, Frazier hit an unlikely 3 while falling back into the Georgia bench for a 62-53 lead.

"That's J.J.," Maten said. "He's good for those trick shots."

Maten said "skill-wise" Frazier's best 3 was his buzzer-beating fallaway shot before landing on the Georgia bench.

"But I like that bench shot," Maten said.

Frazier said he preferred his last 3 because "it gave us a little cushion and took a little pressure off us."

Georgia scored the last six points of the first half, including a jam and a layup by Maten, for a 33-23 lead.

The Bulldogs led 50-48 before two straight baskets by Gaines stretched the lead back to six points.