Russel Tchewa comes up clutch as Georgia tops LSU

Russel Tchewa made a decisive three-point play with two seconds remaining to complete his double-double and Georgia held off LSU 68-66 on Wednesday night in Athens, Ga. Tchewa finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, Silas Demary Jr. scored 15 and Noah Thomasson added 11 points for the Bulldogs (14-5, 4-2 SEC). Jalen Cook scored 21 and Jordan Wright added 18 to lead the Tigers (11-8, 3-3), who trailed by eight points with less than four minutes remaining before making a charge. Cook converted a three-point play that gave LSU its only lead of the second half, 66-65, with 16 seconds remaining before Tchewa took over. Neither team scored in the second half before the Bulldogs’ RJ Melendez made two free throws with 17:15 left. Demary added two free throws and Melendez made a dunk to give Georgia a 41-33 lead. Will Baker’s jumper provided the Tigers’ first points of the second half with 15:46 left and Cook made two 3-pointers and Wright added two free throws to help LSU get within one point. Jabri Abdur-Rahim answered with three free throws and the Bulldogs took a five-point lead before the Tigers tied the score at 50 midway through the half. Thomasson scored seven points during an 11-2 run that gave Georgia a 61-52 lead with 5:48 remaining. Wright made a free throw and added a dunk and got LSU within six points with 4:30 left. Tchewa’s layup pushed the lead to eight, but Jalen Reed’s 3-pointer and Trae Hannibal’s three-point play helped pull the Tigers within 65-63 with 2:03 remaining. The score was tied at 10 and 15 before Thomasson’s jumper gave the Bulldogs their first lead, 17-15. The lead changed hands four times before Demary scored eight consecutive points to give Georgia a 29-23 lead. Hunter Dean’s dunk ended the run, but Demary answered with a 3-pointer to give the Bulldogs a seven-point lead, which was their largest of the half. Cook made a 3-pointer and Mike Williams III added a 3-pointer that trimmed the lead to 35-33 at halftime.