The Ole Miss Rebels fell behind Georgia 15-4 in the early-going of Saturday's game in Athens but actually surpassed the Bulldogs in the second half to lead 47-46 with 10 minutes left in the contest.
Then time appeared to stand still for the Rebels, who had done too much standing around when it came to rebounding in this one as the Dogs went on an 8-0 run at that point to re-establish its dominance and pull away for a 72-65 victory.
Ole Miss is now 13-4 overall and 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference. The Rebs were trying to move to 4-0 in SEC play for the first time since 1936-37. But it didn't happen as Georgia improved to 12-6 and 2-3.
Ole Miss next travels to Fayetteville for a Wednesday night game against Arkansas, which won 68-52 at Auburn Saturday.
"We did it to ourselves tonight," said lone Rebel senior Londrick Nolen. "We gave up 20 offensive rebounds. We weren't playing together. We got down, came back, let it get away, and lost. We had a lot of breakdowns. But that's behind us. We're looking to Arkansas now."
Ole Miss cut Georgia's second-half lead to four points at 64-60 late, but Bulldog Mike Mercer converted a three-point play with 51 seconds left. Mercer added a layup with 36 seconds left for a 69-60 UG lead.
Mercer led Georgia with 14 points while Sundiatta Gaines added 12 and Dave Bliss had 10.
UM sophomore center Dwayne Curtis, who had only four points in the first half, led Ole Miss with 19 points. Clarence Sanders added 12.
The Rebels trailed 36-30 at halftime after falling behind by as much as 11 points in the first half.
After the game at Arkansas, the Rebels host LSU next Saturday at 2 p.m. in Oxford.
Rebels lose at Georgia 72-65
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