AP Sports Writer
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Marcus Thornton scored 16 points and came up with a huge steal late in the game, helping Georgia rally for its third straight Southeastern Conference win with a 69-64 triumph over Mississippi on Tuesday night.
Georgia (12-5, 3-2) trailed 31-25 at halftime and couldn't hit much of anything with Ole Miss packing the inside with a zone defense. But the Bulldogs found their shooting touch after the break and sealed the victory at the foul line in the final minute.
With Georgia clinging to a 62-60 lead, the Rebels (11-7, 2-3) had the ball with a chance to tie or grab the lead. But Thornton stole it from Stefan Moody and made one of two free throws with 54.5 seconds left. Then, Charles Mann drew a charging foul on Jarvis Summers and the Bulldogs made their final six free throws to ice the victory.
Moody led the Rebels with 26 points.
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