Tuscaloosa, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Cameron Forte knocked down the game- winning jumper with seven seconds on the clock as the Georgia Bulldogs edged the Alabama Crimson Tide in overtime, 66-65, in an SEC matchup at Coleman Coliseum.
For the Bulldogs (17-9, 8-6 SEC), who snapped a two-game skid, Nemanja Djurisic led the way with 14 points, while Charles Mann finished with 13 points and Forte pulled down 10 rebounds.
Retin Obasohan paced the Crimson Tide (16-11, 6-8) with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Riley Norris finished with 14 points and Rodney Cooper chipped in with 11 points.
The teams went into halftime knotted at 24-24. Both squads struggled with their shooting from the field. The Bulldogs made just 32.1 percent of their field goal tries, including a paltry 1-of-8 from beyond the arc. The Crimson Tide matched their shooting futility, hitting on a woeful 30.8 percent of their shots from the field, which included missing all but one of their nine tries from 3-point range.
Georgia connected on 48 percent of its field goal tries, including 2-of-7 from beyond the arc, in the second half. Alabama also shot 48 percent from the field in the second, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range. Yante Maten knocked down a jumper with 46 seconds remaining in regulation to put the Bulldogs up one, 61-60. Michael Kessens made one of two free throws to knot the score at 61-61 with 20 seconds on the clock. After the teams exchanged turnovers, Kenny Gaines had a chance to win it in regulation for the Bulldogs, but his 3- point try at the buzzer was off the mark.
In the extra session, the Crimson Tide held a two-point lead with under two minutes to play when Djurisic made one of two free-throws to cut the Crimson Tide lead to one, 65-64, with 1:30 to play. That score still stood in the final seconds as Forte drained his shot to give the Bulldogs the overtime win.
Georgia outscored Alabama in the paint, 30-26. The Bulldogs were also more effective from the charity stripe, making 19-of-27 free-throw attempts while the Crimson Tide managed to shoot just 16-of-31 from the line.