ATHENS, Ga. -- Brandon Morris scored a career-high 17 points in his first start at point guard, leading Georgia to an 84-75 win over Lipscomb Saturday afternoon.
Charles Mann, the starting point guard and Georgia's leading scorer, watched from the sidelines with a sore knee as Morris and walk-on Taylor Echols handled the minutes at the point. Echols had played a total of 37 minutes previously in his Georgia career and had never scored. He had nine points Saturday.Georgia (4-4) got 15 points from Namanja Djurisic and 14 from Dante Williams. It was the Bulldogs' first game in 12 days after a break for exams.Martin Smith led Lipscomb (4-6) with 23 points. Khion Sankey and J.C. Hampton added 13 points apiece.Lipscomb took the early lead and extended it by as much as six points, the last time at 13:45 after a basket by Sankey made it 16-10.Georgia rallied with a quick 9-0 run over a 60-second span, going up 19-16 on Juwan Parker's 3-pointer midway through the first half. However, it was a 12-2 run later in the half that really sparked the Bulldogs.Georgia led 23-22 after Lipscomb's Sankey converted a three-point play, but Kenny Gaines hit a 3-pointer and threw down an alley-oop dunk in transition during a four-minute stretch as Georgia built a 35-24 lead.Another alley-oop dunk by Williams accounted for the 40-27 halftime margin.A 9-0 burst by Georgia put the Bulldogs up 54-35, sparked by Morris with an under-and-up layup and two free throws to cap off the run.Lipscomb countered by putting together a 16-3 rally, fueled by four 3-pointers. Smith hit three from beyond the arc during the rally and knocked down four free throws, cutting their deficit to four with 7:53 to play.The Bison couldn't pull any closer, making only one field goal over the next four minutes as Georgia went up 71-62 on Morris's driving layup with 4:05 remaining.Morris scored nine of his points in the last 3:15 as he helped hold off the Bison. The 6-foot-7 sophomore played forward as a freshman. Saturday he contributed three assists, two blocks and a steal while turning it over three times.Echols had four assists and two steals.