Georgia survived its first postseason tournament game in three years on Wednesday night.
The Bulldogs 63-56 win against Vermont in the first round of the NIT was sloppy (season-high 22 turnovers) for much of the way but guard Charles Mann attacked offensively and sank free throws.
He finished with a career-high 29 points, 25 in the second half.
He had five turnovers in the first half and finished with seven.
“During halftime my teammates (told me ) just keep my head up and just keep on playing,” Mann said. “’`Just let the first half go, it’s the start of a new half, a new beginning’ and just play my game. It was a team effort and the crowd did a wonderful job in helping us pick up this win.”
The announced crowd in Stegeman Coliseum was 3,951 but students got in free and there was general admission.
“They lifted us up when we needed them and that was a real difference in the game,” coach Mark Fox said. “The energy in the building was just terrific.”
Next up an 11 a.m. Saturday game back in Stegeman against Louisiana Tech.