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Dogs overwhelmed by No. 5 Auburn

By The Associated Press
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AUBURN, Ala. — Samir Doughty had 17 points and No. 5 Auburn shot 53 percent in an 82-60 victory Saturday over Georgia to preserve the Tigers' perfect record.

The Tigers (15-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) surged with a 40-13 run after falling behind early to the Bulldogs (10-5, 0-2), a stretch that extended into the second half.

Auburn got hot and the Bulldogs, who shot 38 percent, cooled down.

Anfernee McLemore and freshman Allen Flanigan both scored 12 points for the Tigers. It was a career-high for Flanigan. Doughty added six rebounds and four assists.

Georgia star freshman Anthony Edwards struggled much of the game but still finished with 18 points, nearly his season average. He was 6-of-15 shooting and made just 4 of 11 from the free throw line.

The Georgia men's basketball team was defeated by No. 5 Auburn 82-60 on Saturday afternoon at the Auburn Arena. The Bulldogs fall to 10-5 on the season, 0-2 in SEC play, while Auburn remains unbeaten on the season and a 3-0 record in conference competition. 
 
Freshman Anthony Edwards led the Bulldogs in points with 18 points. While junior Rayshaun Hammonds had another impressive outing, notching a double-digit point performance with 12, as well as one rebound shy of a double-double. Sophomore Tye Fagan provided a nice spark off the bench, finishing with seven points and tying a career high in steals with two.
 
Freshman Sahvir Wheeler started his first game for Georgia this season and played 27 minutes finishing with six points and three assists, leading the Bulldogs in assists once again.
 
"We're just getting started," Georgia coach Tom Crean said. "Now we've got to play Tennessee, then we go to Mississippi State, then we go to Kentucky. We proved we can win on the road with Memphis so that was great. We certainly had our moments against Kentucky, but the other thing is we didn't capitalize on points, on turnovers during the game. Fifteen to four.

"It was ten to zero points on turnovers in the second half. We were turning them over, there were turnovers, but we weren't capitalizing on it. I think we had six turnovers in the last twelve minutes of the Kentucky game that we didn't capitalize on. Really good teams capitalize on the other team's turnovers and we are not doing that. When we turn somebody over, we've got to go get that easy basket.

"Our lack of confidence when things weren't going well, even in some point-blank ways like a free throw or a layup, hurt us on the other end of the floor. We've got to be able to grow and get out of that."

Rayshaun Hammonds added 12 points for the Bulldogs, who were coming off a 78-69 loss to No. 14 Kentucky in a tough stretch.

The Bulldogs had an early eight-point lead swallowed up by Auburn runs of 12-2 and 17-1. The Tigers held Georgia without a field goal for the final 6:31 during the second surge, building a 35-24 halftime lead.

Christian Brown scored the final four points on free throws to cut Georgia's deficit a bit. The Bulldogs couldn't come closer after that.

BIG PICTURE

Georgia: The Bulldogs played their third straight ranked opponent, having beaten No. 21 Memphis and lost to the Wildcats. They shot 32 percent (8 of 25) in the first half and finished making just 17 of 33 free throws (51.5 percent).

Auburn: Has won five straight against Georgia for the first time since winning 12 in a row from 1976-80. The Tigers are off to the third-best start in program history, behind the 1998-99 (17-0) and 1958-59 (19-0) teams.

FLANIGAN'S GAME

The Auburn freshman helped spark the Tigers in the first half when he topped his previous season high of eight points.

RESCHEDULED On Friday, the game was moved up six hours in an attempt to beat storms coming into the area. The game was completed under a tornado watch.

UP NEXT

Georgia hosts Tennessee Wednesday night.

Auburn visits state rival Alabama Wednesday night.

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