ATLANTA - Charles Mann's jumper with 16 seconds left Friday lifted third-seeded Georgia to a 75-73 victory against sixth-seeded Ole Miss in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at the Georgia Dome.
Georgia (19-12), which trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, was led by Mann's 16 points. Kenny Gaines and Brandon Morris each added 12, and J.J. Frazier scored 11. Marcus Thornton brought down a game-high 11 rebounds.
In a game that featured 17 ties and 20 lead changes, Georgia shot 35.8 percent (19-of-53) from the field in the game, while Ole Miss shot 41.7 percent (25-of-60) from the floor. Georgia out-rebounded Ole Miss 41-40.
Ole Miss (19-14) was led by Jarvis Summers' game-high 26 points, while Marshall Henderson added 19. Martavious Newby brought down a team-high 10 rebounds.
Georgia advances to face second-seeded Kentucky in Saturday's second semifinal. That game will air live on ABC.
Observations From Frank Giardina Longtime sports journalist and collegiate athletics administrator Frank Giardina will offer his thoughts and observations throughout each game of the 2014 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament.
***At halftime of the Georgia-Ole Miss SEC tourney game, former Georgia guard D. A. Layne was honored as SEC Legend. Former guard is #10 all time in scoring at Georgia and led team to NCAA tourney in junior season.
***Since the SEC tourney was revived in 1979, Georgia has won two titles, in 1983 and 2008. The Bulldogs have made it to the finals six times.
***Many SEC fans may not be aware of the playing career of television analyst Jon Sundvold who is working the Georgia-Ole Miss game. He played for one of the newest SEC members, Missouri back in the days of the old Big 8. He was the John Stockton of Missouri basketball, winning four straight Big 8 titles and becoming a first round draft pick of Seattle in 1983.
***One of the SEC's all time great coaches used to patrol the coaching sidelines at Georgia in Hugh Durham. Durham was the head coach of the Bulldogs from 1979-95 and he won 298 games. He is the first and only coach to take two different schools to Final Four for the first and only time in their history. He took Florida State to the national title game in 1972 and Georgia the Final Four in 1983.
***When watching Marshall Henderson of Ole Miss play, veteran college basketball and SEC observers have to be reminded of little of former star Johnny Neumann. Neumann played in Oxford from 1969-71 and was an instant scoring sensation. He had flair, personality and pizzazz. He reminded many of Pete Maravich when he averaged 40.1 points per game as a sophomore. That season, without the three point line, he scored 63 vs. LSU and 60 against Baylor. He was also named the SEC Player of the Year. He turned pro after that season and has had a basketball life that has taken him around the globe as a player and a coach.