Rayshaun Hammonds recorded a double-double and was one of four Georgia players to score in double figures as the visiting Bulldogs upset No. 9-ranked Memphis 65-62 on Saturday.
Hammonds finished with team-highs of 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Bulldogs snapped the Tigers’ 10-game winning streak. His play helped buoy Georgia (10-3) on an afternoon when leading scorer Anthony Edwards started slowly and make just 4 of 17 shots.
Edwards was still one of the four Bulldogs to reach double figures, finishing with 13 points. Georgia took advantage of D.J. Jeffries’ absence for Memphis (12-2). Jeffries, who averages 12.2 points and 4.8 rebounds, sat out due to illness.
His void was most notable on offense, where the Tigers shot just 36.1 percent from the floor. They did not score a field goal over the final 4:35.
Memphis freshman Precious Achiuwa posted 20 points and 15 rebounds with three blocked shots, but he missed three of his five free throw attempts.
Memphis, which came into Saturday’s nonconference matchup with the nation’s No. 2-ranked defense against 2-point field-goal shooting, held Georgia to 24 of 61 from the floor. The Tigers’ defense kept them within a basket over the final minutes despite the offense’s struggles.
Sahvir Wheeler, who scored 10 points, hit a jumper with 1:04 remaining that ended a scoring drought of almost three minutes and extended Georgia’s lead to 64-61.
Donnell Gresham Jr. added 12 points for the Bulldogs, including a free throw with seven seconds left that gave Georgia its final advantage for the day. A last-second Memphis heave from the backcourt was off the mark.
Missed foul shots proved detrimental for the Tigers, who made 11 of 20. Lomax and Boogie Ellis both missed the front end of one-and-one opportunities in the final 1:04.
Alex Lomax played a key all-around game for Memphis, scoring 11 points, dishing four assists and fueling the defense with five steals.
The loss was Memphis’ first since Nov. 12, when the Tigers fell to Oregon in Portland.
—Field Level Media