Alabama vs Georgia

Alabama 52, Georgia 45

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Levi Randolph and Rodney Cooper hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the closing minutes, leading Alabama to an ugly 52-45 victory that ended Georgia's five-game winning streak Tuesday night.

The Crimson Tide (16-8, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) won for the eighth time in 10 games with another stifling defensive effort. Alabama has held nine straight SEC opponents to less than 60 points, limiting the Bulldogs to 31 percent (16 of 52) from the field.

Georgia (12-12, 6-5) went more than 10 minutes without a field goal in the second half but still had a chance because of both teams' offensive woes. When Donte Williams slammed in a wild miss off the backboard, the Bulldogs led 41-40 with 2:37 remaining.

But Randolph swished a 3-pointer, and Cooper followed with another to finish off Georgia.

Cooper led the Crimson Tide with 14 points - no one else on the winning team was in double figures. Alabama prevailed despite shooting just 39 percent (19 of 49) and getting beat on the boards, 41-33.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 22 points for the Bulldogs, and Nemanja Djurisic added 12. But Georgia didn't have another player with more than four points, a staggering display of offensive ineptitude that might have ended any hope of making an improbable late-season run for NCAA consideration.

The teams meet again March 9 in Tuscaloosa, the regular-season finale for both.

Georgia was trying for its first six-game winning streak in the SEC since 2001, coming into the game tied with Kentucky for the longest active run in the conference. Both teams lost Tuesday, with the Wildcats falling at Florida.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead and pushed the margin to 15-6 on a jumper by Caldwell-Pope. But Alabama dominated the rest of the half, as Georgia went nearly 4 minutes without scoring in a preview of what was to come over the final 20 minutes. The home team missed five straight shots along with a turnover, allowing the Tide to close the half on a 19-7 run.

Alabama went to the locker room with a 25-22 lead after Trevor Lacey's layup with 27 seconds remaining.

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Alabama (16-8) «252752
Georgia (12-12)222345

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Alabama Crimson Tide
M. Gueye, C210-20-05040
L. Randolph, G342-62-27128
T. Releford, G322-34-73229
T. Lacey, G303-91-25308
R. Cooper, G296-140-051314
N. Jacobs193-50-11016
D. Pollard161-50-01032
A. Steele101-31-20203
R. Obasohan91-20-02012
Totals 19-498-143391652
 38.8%57.1% 
Georgia Bulldogs
D. Williams, F301-42-46024
B. Morris, F281-82-44034
J. Florveus, C120-20-02120
K. Caldwell-Pope, G338-182-282122
V. Williams, G170-30-02300
N. Djurisic285-102-351112
C. Mann220-30-18120
S. Brantley120-10-00110
T. Dixon100-00-01000
K. Gaines81-30-00133
Totals 16-528-1441101545
 30.8%57.1% 
Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kentucky18-038-11
Arkansas13-527-920
LSU11-722-1157
Georgia11-721-1238
Texas A&M11-721-1267
Ole Miss11-721-1360
Vanderbilt9-921-14104
Alabama8-1019-1585
Florida8-1016-1772
Tennessee7-1116-1696
S. Carolina6-1217-1691
Miss. State6-1213-19216
Auburn4-1415-20128
Missouri3-159-23218
 
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