Barry carries No. 23 Florida to 80-76 victory vs Georgia

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Canyon Barry scored 27 points, including four in overtime, and No. 23 Florida beat Georgia 80-76 on Saturday, handing the Bulldogs their 14th consecutive loss in Gainesville.

John Egbunu sealed the victory with a free throw with 5.8 seconds remaining.

Barry and freshman Keith Stone carried the Gators for most of the afternoon. Barry made 7 of 13 shots, including two four-point plays, and was perfect from the free-throw line. His four underhanded foul shots were key in overtime, especially the ones that came after his offensive rebound on KeVaughn Allen’s missed 3 from well behind the arc.

Georgia (11-6, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) led much of the game, but faded after leading scorer Yante Maten fouled out with 3:51 left in regulation. Georgia led 64-59 at the time and looked as if it would pick up its first win in Gainesville since 2002.

But Florida rallied without Maten inside.

Kasey Hill and Barry had consecutive driving layups that put the Gators (14-3, 5-0) in front with 2 minutes to play. Georgia’s J.J. Frazier answered with a 3-pointer on the other end.

The Gators had plenty of chances to win in regulation, but Hill missed two free throws and had a turnover in the final minute.

Frazier led the Bulldogs with 25 points. Juwan Parker added 17, and Maten had 15 before fouling out.

BIG PICTURE

Georgia: The Bulldogs have one of the league’s most dynamic inside-out combinations with Maten and Frazier, but they have to keep the upperclassmen on the floor or they’re in trouble. It showed against Florida.

Florida: The Gators have to start thinking about getting Stone — and maybe Barry — in the starting lineup. Stone, a sophomore, is clearly a better option than senior Justin Leon and is only going to improve the more he plays.

UP NEXT

Georgia: Hosts Vanderbilt on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs are 7-2 in Athens this season.

Florida: Plays at South Carolina on Wednesday, looking to start 6-0 in conference play for the first time in three years.

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