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Geist leads Missouri past poor-shooting Georgia, 64-39

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Missouri finally generated momentum in the Southeastern Conference with back-to-back wins near the end of its mostly disappointing season.

Georgia's search for its first back-to-back SEC wins ended with an ugly loss described by its top scorer as a dud.

Jordan Geist scored 18 points and Torrence Watson had 17 to lead Missouri to a 64-39 win over Georgia on Wednesday night in a matchup of two of the SEC's bottom three teams.

''It was one of those things I said to our guys it's never too late,'' said Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin after the Tigers (14-15, 5-12 Southeastern Conference) won their second straight game.

Watson made each of his five 3-pointers in the second half. Neither team made a 3 in a low-scoring first half.

Nicolas Claxon had nine points and 10 rebounds to lead Georgia, which was held to its fewest points in 15 years. It was a disappointing game for first-year coach Tom Crean in Georgia's final home game of the season.

Georgia's second-leading scorer and rebounder, Rayshaun Hammonds, was held out with an injured right foot. Crean said he doesn't expect Hammonds to return this season.

The Bulldogs missed Hammonds. Missouri took a lopsided 50-28 advantage in rebounds.

''Tonight was a dud, offense, defense and rebounding, all across the board,'' Claxton said.

Missouri and Georgia (11-19, 2-15) lead only Vanderbilt in the SEC standings.

Missouri ranks last in the conference with its average of 67 points per game, while Georgia is last in defense, allowing an average of 74.6 points.

The teams played up to their dismal rankings, especially in a low-scoring first half when the Tigers and Bulldogs were a combined 0 for 22 on 3-point attempts.

''We both set basketball back to start the game,'' Crean said.

The drought on long-range shots stretched to 28 misses - 14 straight for each team - before Watson finally sank a 3 almost five minutes into the second half.

Without Hammonds, Missouri didn't have to respect Georgia's inside game. Jeremiah Tilmon had eight points and eight rebounds. Mitchell Smith had 11 rebounds.

Martin said Tilmon ''had one of his better games, playing without fouling, being aggressive, posting and reading the defense.''

Each team was coming off a rare win.

Georgia snapped losing streaks of nine straight games overall and 13 straight SEC games by beating Florida 61-55 on Saturday. Missouri had lost four straight before beating South Carolina 78-63 on Saturday.

Missouri led 38-16 midway through the second half when JoJo Toppin sank a 3-pointer as Georgia snapped its 0-for-15 start on 3s.

BIG PICTURE

Missouri: Geist had little help in the first half, when he led the Tigers with 12 points and no other scorer had more than four. Missouri enjoyed more scoring balance after halftime, especially on 3-pointers. The Tigers had 17 assists, including six by Geist.

Georgia: The Bulldogs' previous scoring low this season was 49 points in losses to Top 25 teams, then-No. 16 Clemson and Kentucky. .. Georgia's six seniors were recognized before their final home game. ... The Bulldogs made only 13 of 51 shots (25.5 percent) and 3 of 20 3-pointers.

HAMMONDS STILL HURTING

Hammonds wore a warm-up suit as he sat on the bench. He was held out for the second time in the last three games. He also missed Georgia's loss to Auburn on Feb. 27 before playing five minutes in Saturday's win at Florida. Crean did not say if Hammonds aggravated the injury against Florida. The sophomore forward averages 12.1 points and 6.1 rebounds.

OFFENSE MISSING

Georgia had not been held below 40 points since a 61-39 loss to Vanderbilt in 2004. The Bulldogs also set season lows with 14 first-half points, five assists and 25.5 percent shooting from the field.

UP NEXT

Missouri: Closes its regular season on Saturday at home against Mississippi.

Georgia: Plays at South Carolina on Saturday in its final regular-season game.

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Key Players
J. Geist
N. Claxton
31.4 Min. Per Game 31.4
13.2 Pts. Per Game 13.2
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
8.6 Reb. Per Game 8.6
43.0 Field Goal % 46.2
33.7 Three Point % 27.9
75.2 Free Throw % 65.9
  Defensive rebound by Xavier Pinson 22.0
  Mike Edwards missed jump shot 24.0
+ 2 Reed Nikko made layup 36.0
  Offensive rebound by Reed Nikko 58.0
  Ronnie Suggs missed jump shot 1:00
+ 1 Connor O'Neill made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:27
  Connor O'Neill missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:27
  Personal foul on Jeremiah Tilmon 1:27
  Offensive rebound by Connor O'Neill 1:27
  Tyree Crump missed jump shot 1:28
+ 2 Reed Nikko made layup, assist by Jordan Geist 1:49
Team Stats
Points 64 39
Field Goals 27-59 (45.8%) 13-51 (25.5%)
3-Pointers 6-21 (28.6%) 3-20 (15.0%)
Free Throws 4-12 (33.3%) 10-17 (58.8%)
Total Rebounds 50 28
Offensive 13 7
Defensive 33 20
Team 4 1
Assists 17 5
Steals 8 6
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 8 11
Fouls 20 14
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST
9 PTS, 10 REB
12T
away team logo Missouri 14-15 253964
home team logo Georgia 11-19 142539
Team Stats
away team logo Missouri 14-15 67.2 PPG 38.4 RPG 11.1 APG
home team logo Georgia 11-19 71.1 PPG 41.4 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
15
J. Geist G 14.8 PPG 4.6 RPG 3.0 APG 44.0 FG%
00
N. Claxton F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Geist G 18 PTS 3 REB 6 AST
N. Claxton F 9 PTS 10 REB 0 AST
45.8 FG% 25.5
28.6 3PT FG% 15.0
33.3 FT% 58.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Geist 18 3 6 8/12 0/3 2/2 2 38 1 0 2 0 3
J. Tilmon 8 8 0 4/7 0/0 0/4 4 28 0 0 2 3 5
X. Pinson 5 3 4 2/11 0/2 1/2 3 22 2 0 2 2 1
Mi. Smith 0 11 2 0/2 0/1 0/2 4 17 1 0 0 4 7
J. Pickett 0 7 2 0/4 0/2 0/0 2 21 2 0 1 1 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Geist 18 3 6 8/12 0/3 2/2 2 38 1 0 2 0 3
J. Tilmon 8 8 0 4/7 0/0 0/4 4 28 0 0 2 3 5
X. Pinson 5 3 4 2/11 0/2 1/2 3 22 2 0 2 2 1
Mi. Smith 0 11 2 0/2 0/1 0/2 4 17 1 0 0 4 7
J. Pickett 0 7 2 0/4 0/2 0/0 2 21 2 0 1 1 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Watson 17 3 1 6/12 5/10 0/0 1 31 0 0 0 1 2
R. Nikko 8 4 0 4/4 0/0 0/0 0 10 1 0 0 2 2
K. Puryear 7 4 2 3/5 1/2 0/0 3 24 1 1 1 0 4
R. Suggs 1 3 0 0/2 0/1 1/2 1 7 0 0 0 0 3
A. Wolf 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Ford 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. VanLeer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Santos - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Ma. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Porter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Yerkes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Braun - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 64 46 17 27/59 6/21 4/12 20 200 8 1 8 13 33
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Claxton 9 10 0 3/6 0/1 3/4 3 33 1 1 2 2 8
J. Harris 7 3 0 3/7 1/4 0/0 2 26 1 1 1 0 3
D. Ogbeide 5 2 0 1/6 0/0 3/4 3 16 1 2 1 0 2
W. Jackson II 3 0 1 1/8 1/5 0/0 2 28 1 0 1 0 0
C. Harrison 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 15 1 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Claxton 9 10 0 3/6 0/1 3/4 3 33 1 1 2 2 8
J. Harris 7 3 0 3/7 1/4 0/0 2 26 1 1 1 0 3
D. Ogbeide 5 2 0 1/6 0/0 3/4 3 16 1 2 1 0 2
W. Jackson II 3 0 1 1/8 1/5 0/0 2 28 1 0 1 0 0
C. Harrison 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 15 1 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Crump 6 4 0 3/9 0/4 0/3 1 24 1 0 3 2 2
J. Toppin 6 1 0 1/4 1/2 3/4 0 10 0 0 0 1 0
E. Wilridge 2 1 3 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 18 0 0 1 0 1
C. O'Neill 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
M. Edwards 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
T. Hightower 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
I. Sargiunas 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
T. Fagan 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 11 0 0 1 1 1
A. Ngumezi 0 1 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1
R. Hammonds - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 39 27 5 13/51 3/20 10/17 14 200 6 4 11 7 20