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Maten has 20 points to power Georgia past No. 23 Florida


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ATHENS, Ga. — Yante Maten scored 20 points and Georgia recovered after blowing a halftime lead to beat No. 23 Florida 72-60 on Tuesday night.

Florida (15-7, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) began the night in second place in the SEC, one game behind No. 11 Auburn.

Georgia (13-8, 4-5) had lost three straight and five of six.

The Gators recovered after trailing 37-32 at halftime to lead 48-43. Florida opened the second half with a 12-2 run that included two 3-pointers by Jalen Hudson and a jam by KeVaughn Allen for a 44-39 edge.

Georgia regrouped and led 55-51 following a three-point play by Maten and stretched the lead to 60-53 on a 3-pointer by Maten.

Cold-shooting Florida could not answer. Georgia led 66-53 before Keith Stone sank a 3-pointer, ending a Florida scoring drought of about four minutes.

Georgia protected the lead by making 12 free throws without a miss in the final 1:35.

Chris Chiozza led the Gators with 15 points, including 11 in the first half. Egor Koulechov had 13 points.

Florida led 26-22 following an open layup by Gorjok Gak, before the Bulldogs took the lead with 11 straight points. Tyree Crump, Juwan Parker and William “Turtle” Jackson hit 3-pointers to start the run. Maten added a jam for a 33-26 lead.

Jackson had 16 points. Parker had 12.


Florida: The Gators lost despite excellent ball-handling, committing only seven turnovers. … The Gators suffered their first loss in three seasons under coach Mike White, falling to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in Athens. … Florida fell to 3-2 in SEC road games. It has lost two straight in the conference, including a home loss to South Carolina.

Georgia: The upset could help revive Georgia’s post-season outlook. The Bulldogs have made only two NCAA Tournament appearances, with no wins, in coach Mark Fox’s first eight seasons and will need a strong showing in February to enter the NCAA picture. … The Bulldogs had improved ball movement and grabbed first-half momentum with backup point guards Jordan Harris and Crump on the court. Crump scored six points on two 3s in his first four minutes.


With less than a minute remaining, Georgia fans started chanting “Just like football,” a reference to the Bulldogs’ 42-7 football win over the Gators in Jacksonville, Florida.


Florida: Hosts Alabama on Saturday.

Georgia: At Mississippi State on Saturday.


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