Missouri beats Georgia 83-76 with strong defense

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP)—Missouri forced 23 turnovers and the Tigers beat Georgia 83-76 on Saturday for their best start in 10 years.

DeMarre Carroll and Zaire Taylor each scored 17 points and the Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 30-14 in points off turnovers.

Missouri (12-2) has its best record after 14 games since a 12-2 start in 1998-99, coach Norm Stewart’s last season.

Georgia (9-5) held its last lead at 46-45 early in the second half, but the Bulldogs wilted under Missouri’s constant defensive pressure. Missouri took command with a 26-10 run for a 71-56 lead.

Missouri won its first nonconference game on an opponents’ home court since Dec. 6, 2003, when the Tigers won at Indiana.

Georgia senior captain Terrance Woodbury scored a career-high 27 points after missing four games with an ankle injury. Freshman Trey Thompkins added 18.

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