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UGA finishes strong, tops Vermont in NIT opener
GEORGIA

NIT Scores

FIRST ROUND
Tuesday's Scores
    Robert Morris 89, St. John's 78
    Florida State 58, Fla. Gulf Coast 53
    Georgetown 77, West Virginia 65
    Belmont 80, Green Bay 65
    Minnesota 88, High Point 81
    Clemson 78, Georgia State 66
    Arkansas 91, Indiana State 71
    Missouri 85, Davidson 77
    Saint Mary's (Calif.) 70, Utah 58
Wednesday's Scores
    Illinois 66, Boston University 62
    Louisiana Tech 89, Iona 88
    Georgia 63, Vermont 56
    Southern Miss 66, Toledo 59
    UC Irvine at SMU, late.
    LSU at San Francisco, late.
    Utah Valley at California, late.

SECOND ROUND
Friday
    Robert Morris (22-13) at Belmont (25-9), 8:30 p.m.
Sunday
    Southern Miss (28-6) at Missouri (23-11), TBA
    Saint Mary's (Calif.) (23-11) at Minnesota (21-13), TBA
Monday, March 24
    Georgetown (18-14) at Florida State (20-13), TBA

    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.