On a night when Anthony Edwards failed to score double figures, Rayshaun Hammonds and Jordan Harris combined for 43 as 13th-seeded Georgia advanced to the second round of the SEC Tournament by beating Ole Miss, 81-63, Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.
The Bulldogs (16-16) will face No. 5 seed Florida on Thursday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena. Ole Miss ends its season at 15-17.
Hammonds led Georgia with 22 points, followed by Harris with 21, making up for the off night by Edwards — who came in as the nation’s top-scoring freshman with 19.5 points per game.
Sahvir Wheeler added 15 points for the Bulldogs, who with the win avenged a 70-60 loss to the Rebels in Athens, Ga., on Jan. 25. Edwards finished with six points Wednesday.
Breelin Tyree led Ole Miss 18 points, followed by Devontae Shuler with 17 and KJ Buffen with 11.
After going scoreless in the first half, it didn’t take Edwards long to get on track in the second half, nailing a quick 3 from the wing to extend Georgia’s lead to 16.
The Rebels would only get as close as nine after that.
Thanks to Hammonds and Harris making up for Edwards’ struggles, Georgia led 41-30 at the half.
Hammonds — who scored seven points in the first three minutes — scored 14 in the game’s first 20 minutes, followed closely by Harris with 11 as Georgia led by as many as 15 points.
It didn’t hurt the Bulldogs that Tyree started slowly for Ole Miss before a pair of 3-pointers helped the Rebels close within 35-30 with 1:04 left on the clock. However, the Bulldogs would close out strong, getting a second 3-pointer by Hammonds and a running shot just past the halfcourt line at the buzzer by Wheeler to extend the margin to 11.
—Field Level Media