COLUMBIA, Mo. — Yante Maten had 21 points and 12 rebounds as Georgia held off Missouri in a 60-57 victory Wednesday night.
Maten was a force on both ends of the court for the Bulldogs, shooting 10 of 21 from the field and blocking six shots, which tied a career high.
J.J. Frazier had 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds while Georgia doubled Missouri’s assists, 14-7.
Neither team separated itself in the first half with the game tied at 22 at halftime. Georgia missed its first seven shots and Missouri jumped out to a 5-0 lead, its largest of the night. The Bulldogs shot 10 of 32 from the field in the first half, including 1 of 9 from 3-point range. Maten finished the half with nine points and eight rebounds, and tied it on a 3-point play with 16 seconds remaining.
Both teams traded baskets to start the second half before Georgia used a 19-3 run to take a 16-point lead with under ten minutes to play. Missouri clawed its way back with a 21-10 run to end the game.
Namon Wright was fouled on a 3-point shot with 17 seconds to play but converted on just 1 of 3 free throws to make it 58-54. Wright finished with 12 points and five rebounds.
On the ensuing possession, Missouri’s Wes Clark fouled Frazier, who sank both free throws.
Terrence Phillips capped the scoring with a 3-pointer from the wing as time expired. Phillips finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
Georgia outrebounded Missouri 43-32, including 12-6 on the offensive glass. Missouri’s leading scorer Kevin Puryear added 10 points and seven rebounds. The Tigers shot 19 of 53 from the field.
Georgia: The Bulldogs are ranked second in the SEC in field-goal defense, holding opponents to 37.9 percent. … Georgia has won five consecutive games against Missouri, beginning with a 70-64 win in Columbia on Jan. 8, 2014, which snapped a 26-game home winning streak.
Missouri: Tramaine Isabell has scored 38 points over the last four games, after scoring only 12 points in the previous four. … Jakeenan Gant leads the Tigers in blocks with 21 and has blocked a shot in 14 of 18 games. … Kevin Puryear entered the game ranked first in free-throw percentage in SEC play, shooting 90 percent from the line.
Georgia hosts Arkansas Saturday.
Missouri visits Texas A&M Saturday.