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Mann scores 18 points, Gaines adds 17; Georgia beats Clemson 71-48
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Georgia guard Kenny Gaines dunks over Clemson center Landry Nnoko during Tuesday's game in Athens. - photo by Curtis Compton

ATHENS — Charles Mann scored 18 points and Kenny Gaines added 17 to help Georgia beat Clemson 71-48 on Tuesday night.

It was Georgia’s third consecutive victory and its second straight against an Atlantic Coast Conference foe as the Bulldogs defeated Georgia Tech 75-61 on Saturday. It was the first time Georgia won consecutive games against the ACC since December 2000, when the Bulldogs defeated Georgia Tech and NC State.

After trailing 13-5 in the first half, Georgia (6-3) went on a 29-7 run that saw Clemson (7-5) suffer a pair of three-minute scoring droughts. The Tigers shot 27 percent from the field while the Bulldogs were successful on 52 percent of their attempts.

The 48 points scored by Clemson represented the Tigers’ lowest output of the season. Previously, the Tigers’ worst offensive outing came last Friday in a 65-59 loss to South Carolina.

Paced by the outside shooting of Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson took an early 13-5 lead, but for the final 14 minutes of the half, it was all Bulldogs. Blossomgame was never a factor for the rest of the night.

A layup and then two free throws by Mann sent the Bulldogs, who connected on five of their last seven field goal attempts in the half, on their way as they went on a 23-3 run over the next 10 minutes to go up 28-16.

Clemson, which made but one of its last 21 field goals in the first half, tallied four points in the final 3:43, with Landry Nnoko and Avry Holmes hitting two free throws apiece and Gabe DeVoe scoring a jumper off a blocked shot at the buzzer to pull the Tigers to within 15 points at 39-24.

The Tigers shot just 22 percent in the first 20 minutes.

Georgia, which led by as many as 26 points, opened the second half on a 9-2 run and never let Clemson get within 20 points after that.

The Tigers were led by Nnoko with 11 points.

TIP-INS

Georgia: J.J. Frazier scored a season-high 35 points on Saturday against Georgia Tech, but finished with just nine points on Tuesday, including 2 of 7 from the 3-point arc.

UP NEXT

Georgia hosts Robert Morris on Dec. 29.

Clemson faces No. 7 North Carolina on Dec. 30.

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