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Frazier leads Georgia past short-handed Auburn, 65-55

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Auburn - Georgia Postgame Breakdown (1:48)

Auburn - Georgia Postgame Breakdown (1:48)

ATHENS, Ga. -- J.J. Frazier scored 16 points and Georgia beat short-handed Auburn 65-55 on Saturday night, giving the Tigers their fifth straight loss.

Auburn missed 18 straight shots from the field as Georgia pulled away in the second half. The Tigers struggled after leading scorer Kareem Canty was suspended indefinitely by coach Bruce Pearl before the game for conduct detrimental to the team.

Canty, a junior point guard, is averaging 18.3 points per game. He also leads the Tigers with 69 3-pointers, the most in the SEC, and 111 assists.

Yante Maten had 12 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots for Georgia (13-8, 6-4 Southeastern Conference), which has won four of six. Charles Mann also had 12 points.

Cinmeon Bowers had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Auburn (9-13, 3-7 SEC). Tyler Harris had 12 points.

Auburn shot a season-low 25.9 percent from the field.

Canty's suspension was announced less than one hour before the game.

Pearl said in a statement that Canty has had some highlights on the court.

"However, his effort and attitude have been extremely inconsistent, which led to actions and behavior that are unacceptable," Pearl said. "He will step away from the team for a while and may return later in the season."

Canty's exit put more pressure on freshman guard Bryce Brown, who had 18 points in a loss to Louisiana State on Tuesday. Brown made his eighth start but was called for his third foul with about six minutes remaining in the first half.

Georgia led 31-22 at halftime. Horace Spencer scored on a hook shot to open the second half and Auburn then missed its next 18 shots from the field. Brown ended the slump by sinking a 3-pointer with 8:56 remaining. It was Brown's first field goal after eight misses.

The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 23 points at 49-26 during the Tigers' long field-goal drought.

Coach Mark Fox began pulling his starters with about five minutes remaining.

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TIP-INS

Auburn: Pearl fell to 11-5 against Georgia, including a 10-2 mark at Tennessee. ... Canty had been held under 15 points in three of the last four games before the suspension. ... Spencer fouled out with 7:35 remaining. ... Brown had nine points.

Georgia: Maten blocked three shots in the first three minutes of the second half -- all on shots by Bowers. ... Mann moved into the top 20 of Georgia's career all-time scorers, passing No. 20 Bob Healey and No. 19 Eric Marbury.

UP NEXT

Auburn: At Tennessee Tuesday night.

Georgia: At No. 20 Kentucky Tuesday night.