OXFORD, Miss. (AP)—If any questions remained about Georgia’s ability to bounce back from a tough loss, they were answered Saturday.
Gerald Robinson scored a season-high 22 points and the 24th-ranked Bulldogs put all five starters in double figures in a 98-76 victory over Mississippi.
Trey Thompkins had 21 points, Travis Leslie added 17, Dustin Ware 15 and Jeremy Price 12 for Georgia (13-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), which rebounded quickly from a defeat at Vanderbilt that snapped a nine-game winning streak.
“Our players really responded well,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “Of course, you don’t normally shoot 64 percent from the field and make 26 out of 27 free throws every night. But we were happy to get that on the road tonight.”
The Bulldogs shot a season-best 33 of 52 from the floor. They also dominated the boards, 32-21, and committed only seven turnovers to complete a week in which Georgia was ranked for the first time since 2003.
Ware had nine assists, Thompkins blocked three shots and Price pulled down seven rebounds, all game-high performances.
“We’re a balanced offensive club when we are moving the ball well,” Fox said. “Thompkins had those assists early and got everybody involved. Once we started hitting shots, it was contagious.”
Zach Graham led Ole Miss (12-6, 0-3) with 21 points and Reginald Buckner added 11 for the Rebels, who have lost three straight. Leading scorer Chris Warren was limited to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.
“We have Chris Warren’s name in bold print on every scouting report we have on them,” Fox said. “He is a great player. Being able to slow him down was a big key in keeping them from getting back in the game.”
Georgia never trailed, racing to a 7-0 lead in the opening 2 minutes and a 26-12 cushion after 8 minutes. The Bulldogs opened 12 of 16 from the field, while Ole Miss was 3 of 13 during the same stretch.
Georgia led 53-37 at halftime and continued to pull away. Ole Miss never got closer than 13 points again. The Bulldogs led by as many as 27 on five occasions in the final 2 minutes.
“I’ll admit it, I never saw that coming,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “I thought Georgia put on a clinic. They threw the ball where they wanted. They did anything they wanted.”
Ole Miss finished 26 of 54 from the field (48 percent) and 19 of 28 at the free throw line. The 98 points allowed by the Rebels were the most in Kennedy’s five-year tenure.
“We caught Ole Miss at a good time, but they’re a solid team,” Fox said. “I’m pleased with how we’ve dealt with adversity this week. We’ve had bad weather here and spent a lot of time on buses between Nashville and Oxford. I’m proud of what these players got done today.”