Clemson 69

(11-1, 3-1 away)

Georgia 72

(8-3, 5-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 28, 2005

    Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia

    1 2 T
    CLEM 33 3669
    UGA 33 3972

    Top Performers

    Clemson: K. Rivers 14 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl

    Georgia: L. Stukes 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk

    Georgia 72, Clemson 69

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Mike Mercer scored 22 points and Georgia withstood a late rally to beat Clemson 72-69 Wednesday night, handing the Tigers their first loss of the season.

    Levi Stukes hit a 3-pointer with 3:41 to play to put Georgia (8-3) ahead 67-62, but Vernon Hamilton and Perry hit consecutive layups for Clemson (11-1) to narrow the gap to one point.

    Mercer, a freshman, hit a 3-pointer with 2:09 to play and Cliff Hammonds responded with a layup off an inbounds play. After Mercer turned the ball over, Clemson's Akin Akingbala missed twice from inside the lane, drawing a foul. He hit one of two to close the gap to 70-69 with 1:03 to play.

    Clemson intercepted a pass with just under 40 seconds to play and Hamilton got a good look from the left of the lane, but left it short. Georgia's Younes Idrissi tipped the ball to Billy Humphrey, who fed Stukes on a breakaway layup.

    Clemson's Shawan Robinson shot an air ball on a 3-point try as the clock wound down.

    Stukes finished with 17 points, six rebounds and five steals for the Bulldogs.

    Clemson got 14 points from K.C. Rivers and 11 from Sam Perry.

    Clemson announced before the game that sophomore forward James Mays was academically ineligible. Mays, Clemson's leading rebounder had started every game and was scoring 9.2 points a game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 69 72
    FG Made-Attempted 26-59 (.441) 30-65 (.462)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-20 (.300) 7-13 (.538)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-19 (.579) 5-12 (.417)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 6

    2005-06 Season

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