ATHENS No blown lead this time.
In fact, there was no Georgia lead at all, and at times, seemingly no hope.
South Carolina took it to Georgia on Wednesday night, a level above offensively, defensively, physically and mentally in a 75-59 win.
The Bulldogs (12-12, 2-9) had blown double-digit leads in three of their past four games, but the Gamecocks (15-9, 7-4) led this contest at Stegeman Coliseum from the onset.
Georgia, now losers of seven of its past eight games, came out flat and never could find its shooting touch. The Bulldogs were just 3-of-24 shooting beyond the 3-point arc, missing their first 15 threes.
Anthony Edwards led Georgia with 16 points on 4-of-13 shooting, but he was 0-for-7 shooting from three.
"They just outplayed us in every aspect of the game," Edwards said dejectedly.
A.J. Lawson had 20 points to lead South Carolina, which has won five of its past six games.
The Bulldogs made a charge just prior to the midway point of the second half.
An Edwards' jumper triggered an 11-3 run that cut the South Carolina lead to 55-41 with 11:23 remaining.
South Carolina seemingly had the answer each time Georgia clawed back, however, driving to the rim to the tune of a 40-22 advantage over the Bulldogs in the points in the paint.
Georgia was down 38-20 at the half, trailing by as many as 22 points at one point.
The Bulldogs opened the game 0-for-8 shooting. Georgia didn't get its first field goal until a Rayshaun Hammonds' bucket at the 12:50 mark, down 13-4 at that point.
Edwards looked sluggish most of the half, just 1-of-7 shooting including 0-for-5 beyond the 3-point arc. The Gamecocks held a 25-14 rebounding advantage at intermission.
The team was 0-of-11 shooting the three, and hurt itself with 11 first-half turnovers
Georgia basketball returns to action at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Texas A&M. The Bulldogs beat the Aggies earlier this season in Athens, 63-48, on Feb. 1.
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