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Mack, Lewis lead Alabama over Georgia 89-74

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Tevin Mack scored a season-high 25 points and powered a run early in the second half to help Alabama beat Georgia 89-74 on Wednesday night.

Alabama (14-8, 5-4 SEC) led by one after Georgia (10-12, 1-8) scored the opening basket of the second half. Then, for a two-minute span, Mack went on a run almost by himself, scoring 10 points during Alabama's 12-2 burst, including back-to-back three pointers within 30 seconds. That two-minute run extended Alabama's lead to 53-42 and Georgia never recovered.

''Coaches are always telling me to stay aggressive,'' Mack said. ''The last couple of games, I wasn't shooting the ball enough for them. . Everything else will come off fine if I stay aggressive and attack.''

Alongside Mack, was freshman Kira Lewis.

Lewis, who averages a team-high 13.6 points, finished with 24 points, tying his career high. He scored 12 points in each half, making 59 percent of his shots for the game.

''(Lewis is) a special player, special kid too,'' Georgia coach Tom Crean said. ''There's nothing 17 years of age about his game.''

Lewis scored on back-to-back layups to give Alabama its largest lead at 80-62.

Alabama outscored the Bulldogs 26-13 in the first 10 minutes of the second half to extend a three-point halftime lead to 67-51 and the Tide led by double digits the rest of the way. The Bulldogs went 5-of-19 shooting from the field while the Tide pulled away.

Derek Ogbeide had 17 points to lead the Bulldogs, who lost their third in a row and seventh of the last eight. Rayshaun Hammonds added 13 points, Nicolas Claxton had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Teshaun Hightower scored 11.

Georgia opened the game with a 15-7 lead but Alabama erased the gap with a 10-0 run and the lead went back-and-forth for the rest of the first half.

BIG PICTURE

Georgia: The Bulldogs are still searching for their first conference road win and fixing their defensive woes was foremost on Crean's mind.

''We have to figure out something to help us defensively,'' Crean said. ''They are working. They are trying. There is no doubt about that. They want to win, but we just didn't get enough hands on shooters tonight. We (coaching staff) need to keep figuring out ways that give them (student-athletes) the best opportunities to eliminate our weaknesses, right now.''

Alabama: For the Crimson Tide, defense was the point of emphasis as well. After Georgia made 49 percent of its shots for 38 first-half points - the fifth most that Alabama has allowed this season - Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson addressed the deficiency going into the second half.

''I put a goal on the board, in terms of what are our goals defensively,'' Johnson said. ''Fortunately, outside of one or two baskets that they made on us, we accomplished our goals. We were just really focused. It was crystal clear what the mission was at half time.''

ROLE PLAYER

Alabama forward Daniel Giddens had played just 42 minutes all season. He played a season high 11 minutes in relief of Galin Smith, who left the game in the first half with a concussion.

UP NEXT

Georgia: The Bulldogs return home to face Ole Miss on Saturday.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide travel to Nashville to play Vanderbilt on Saturday.

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Key Players
N. Claxton
K. Lewis Jr.
30.5 Min. Per Game 30.5
13.6 Pts. Per Game 13.6
2.8 Ast. Per Game 2.8
2.2 Reb. Per Game 2.2
43.5 Field Goal % 45.5
27.7 Three Point % 36.8
65.4 Free Throw % 81.0
  Defensive rebound by John Petty 6.0
  William Jackson II missed 3-pt. jump shot 8.0
+ 1 Dazon Ingram made 2nd of 2 free throws 19.0
+ 1 Dazon Ingram made 1st of 2 free throws 19.0
  Personal foul on Jordan Harris 19.0
  Defensive rebound by Dazon Ingram 20.0
  Tyree Crump missed 3-pt. jump shot 22.0
+ 1 Kira Lewis Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 41.0
+ 1 Kira Lewis Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 41.0
  Personal foul on Tyree Crump 41.0
  Defensive rebound by Kira Lewis Jr. 43.0
Team Stats
Points 74 89
Field Goals 29-71 (40.8%) 33-58 (56.9%)
3-Pointers 6-25 (24.0%) 7-18 (38.9%)
Free Throws 10-16 (62.5%) 16-24 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 38 37
Offensive 13 7
Defensive 19 29
Team 6 1
Assists 15 13
Steals 3 6
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 13 12
Fouls 20 14
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
25 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Georgia 10-12 383674
home team logo Alabama 14-8 414889
Team Stats
away team logo Georgia 10-12 71.1 PPG 41.4 RPG 13.2 APG
home team logo Alabama 14-8 72.0 PPG 41.2 RPG 12.3 APG
Key Players
34
D. Ogbeide F 9.7 PPG 5.7 RPG 0.8 APG 53.0 FG%
34
T. Mack G 9.0 PPG 3.3 RPG 0.8 APG 41.7 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Ogbeide F 17 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
T. Mack G 25 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
40.8 FG% 56.9
24.0 3PT FG% 38.9
62.5 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Ogbeide 17 5 2 8/15 0/0 1/1 0 22 0 1 1 2 3
R. Hammonds 13 5 1 5/9 1/4 2/3 4 21 2 0 1 2 3
N. Claxton 12 9 2 4/12 0/2 4/6 2 32 0 1 2 4 5
J. Harris 6 4 2 2/6 2/3 0/0 5 26 1 2 4 2 2
W. Jackson II 0 1 2 0/4 0/4 0/0 0 20 0 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Ogbeide 17 5 2 8/15 0/0 1/1 0 22 0 1 1 2 3
R. Hammonds 13 5 1 5/9 1/4 2/3 4 21 2 0 1 2 3
N. Claxton 12 9 2 4/12 0/2 4/6 2 32 0 1 2 4 5
J. Harris 6 4 2 2/6 2/3 0/0 5 26 1 2 4 2 2
W. Jackson II 0 1 2 0/4 0/4 0/0 0 20 0 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Hightower 11 2 2 5/10 1/3 0/0 4 23 0 0 1 1 1
A. Ngumezi 8 1 1 3/5 1/2 1/2 2 8 0 0 1 0 1
T. Crump 5 1 1 1/6 1/6 2/2 2 19 0 0 1 0 1
M. Edwards 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/2 0 6 0 0 1 0 1
C. Harrison 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 1 1
E. Wilridge 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 9 0 0 1 1 0
T. Fagan 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
C. O'Neill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Sargiunas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Toppin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 32 15 29/71 6/25 10/16 20 200 3 4 13 13 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mack 25 6 2 10/16 5/7 0/2 2 33 0 0 3 1 5
K. Lewis Jr. 24 4 7 10/17 1/4 3/4 1 36 2 0 1 0 4
D. Ingram 11 3 3 3/5 1/2 4/4 2 24 3 1 3 1 2
H. Jones 6 3 0 1/3 0/0 4/6 1 22 0 0 1 1 2
D. Hall 3 8 0 1/1 0/0 1/2 3 18 0 0 1 2 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mack 25 6 2 10/16 5/7 0/2 2 33 0 0 3 1 5
K. Lewis Jr. 24 4 7 10/17 1/4 3/4 1 36 2 0 1 0 4
D. Ingram 11 3 3 3/5 1/2 4/4 2 24 3 1 3 1 2
H. Jones 6 3 0 1/3 0/0 4/6 1 22 0 0 1 1 2
D. Hall 3 8 0 1/1 0/0 1/2 3 18 0 0 1 2 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Petty 8 5 0 4/7 0/3 0/0 1 21 1 0 1 0 5
G. Smith 6 2 0 3/5 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 1 1
D. Giddens 4 1 0 1/2 0/0 2/3 0 11 0 1 0 0 1
R. Norris 2 3 1 0/1 0/1 2/3 0 18 0 0 1 1 2
A. Johnson Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 1 0 0
L. Schaffer 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
A. Reese 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 6 0 1 0 0 1
T. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wood - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Davis-Fleming - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 89 36 13 33/58 7/18 16/24 14 200 6 3 12 7 29