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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Missouri's Jordan Geist isn't ready for his college career to end just yet.

Geist scored a career-high 30 points and No. 12 seed Missouri outlasted No. 13 seed Georgia 71-61 on Wednesday in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

"I just tried to go out there and play my game," the senior guard said. "When it all comes down to it, if I give my all, I don't have anything to regret."

Missouri (15-16) advanced to a second-round matchup Thursday with No. 22 Auburn (22-9), the fifth seed. Missouri lost 92-58 at Auburn on Jan. 30 in their only regular-season matchup.

After losing four straight games last month, Missouri has bounced back to win three of its last four.

"Sometimes in losing, though it's painful, it forces you to grow," Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said.

Missouri gained a measure of revenge after losing 62-60 to Georgia in last year's SEC Tournament.

Georgia (11-21) finished the first season of Tom Crean's coaching tenure with 12 losses in its last 13 games. The Bulldogs wasted a career-high 26 points from Jordan Harris.

The two teams were meeting exactly one week after Missouri won 64-39 at Georgia, holding the Bulldogs to their lowest point total at home since a 36-30 victory over Georgia Tech during the 1945-46 season.

Georgia nearly matched that output in the first half Wednesday while building a 34-32 lead. The Bulldogs shot just 35.7 percent in the first half but pulled ahead by getting to the bonus early.

"Playing this team a week ago and knowing we did not leave it all out there on the floor against them, I am firmly convinced they did tonight," Crean said.

Missouri took the lead for good at 45-43 on a Kevin Puryear basket with 12:05 left. Neither team led by more than seven points until the final four minutes of the game.

While Georgia did a great job of drawing fouls, the Bulldogs failed to take full advantage. Georgia shot just 21 of 36 on free-throw attempts, including 9 of 18 in the second half.

"It spreads throughout a team," Georgia forward Derek Ogbeide said. "Once two or three guys, a couple of guys miss, the next thing you know, it spreads, much like anything. Simply missing a shot from a few people a few times, that becomes contagious."

Geist shot 9 of 15 overall and 10 of 13 from the foul line to lead Missouri. His previous career high was a 28-point performance against Green Bay on Dec. 9, 2017. Xavier Pinson added 15 points.

Ogbeide had 12 and Nicolas Claxton added 11 for Georgia. Claxton also had six blocks.

BIG PICTURE

Georgia: The Bulldogs have a long way to go as Crean attempts to rebuild the program. Before this year, Georgia hadn't lost as many as 21 games in a season since a 3-21 finish in 1955-56.

Missouri: The Tigers won without getting much from Jeremiah Tilmon, their top post player. Tilmon scored four points and shot just 1 of 7 while playing 20 minutes and battling foul trouble. Tilmon has picked up at least four fouls in seven of his last eight games and has fouled out of three of them.

PICKETT'S RETURN

Missouri's Javon Pickett returned to the starting lineup after back spasms caused him to miss a 73-68 loss to Mississippi on Saturday. He went scoreless in 22 minutes.

3-POINT WOES

Something about this matchup causes poor outside shooting.

Georgia was 4 of 19 and Missouri went 3 of 11 from 3-point range Wednesday. When these two teams met last week, the two teams shot a combined 0 for 22 from beyond the arc in the first half before Missouri ended up 6 of 21 and Georgia finished 3 of 20.

UP NEXT

Georgia will replace three departing senior starters in Claxton, Turtle Jackson and Ogbeide next season. The Bulldogs add incoming freshman Anthony Edwards, rated as the nation's No. 2 overall prospect in his class according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports.
 
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Texas A&M Aggies finally have a victory at the Southeastern Conference Tournament after leaving empty-handed each of their past two trips.

Savion Flagg scored 17 of his career-high 29 points in the first half, and 11th-seeded Texas A&M beat Vanderbilt 69-52 Wednesday night in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Last year, the Aggies lost on a buzzer-beater to Alabama and Vanderbilt the year before that. Even though Flagg and Chandler are both sophomores, they're the only Aggies to play in this tournament before and they knew how long it had been.

"So coming in here and just getting a win, we're just going to keep it going, just keep the momentum going through the tournament," Aggies guard Jay Jay Chandler said.

Texas A&M (14-17) snapped a two-game skid and will play No. 6 seed Mississippi State in the second round Thursday night.

Vanderbilt (9-23) never led and added to the worst season in school history with a 20th straight loss. The Commodores already went through the SEC schedule as the first team in 65 years without winning a single game. They turned in the first losing record in 67 seasons at Memorial Gym, and being a couple miles away at Bridgestone Arena didn't help.

Saben Lee led Vanderbilt with 19 points. Yanni Wetzell had 10 points and 10 rebounds and said the skid hurts a lot.

"It's going to be a long offseason," Wetzell said.

Christian Mekowulu hit a jumper within the first minute, and Flagg added a jumper as Texas A&M took control from the opening tip. Lee scored four straight to tie it up for Vanderbilt. Chandler's layup with 15:42 left put the Aggies ahead to stay, and he followed with a 3-pointer as Texas A&M built its lead to as much as 15 on Flagg's jumper for a 34-19 halftime lead.

Texas A&M took its biggest lead on a dunk by Nebo nearly midway through the half at 50-31. Then Vandy put together its best run of the game at 13-2, and Aaron Nesmith's 3 with 6:23 to go pulled the Commodores within 53-43. They never got closer than 10 down the stretch.

BIG PICTURE

Vanderbilt: The Commodores at least extended their streak with a made 3-pointer to 1,063 games, a streak that was in serious doubt after they missed their first 12 attempts. Matt Ryan knocked down a 3 with 17:48 left to keep Vanderbilt with UNLV and Princeton as the only programs to hit a 3 in every game since the 3-point line was added for the 1986-87 season. Ryan finished 1 of 8 beyond the arc, and Vandy was just 3 of 23.

Texas A&M: The Aggies were in such control that Kennedy was able to able to rest Flagg a bit after the guard had played all 40 minutes of two of the past three games. The sophomore came in leading the SEC in minutes played averaging 34.6 minutes per game and still played 35 minutes.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M: A rematch with Mississippi State after losing to the Bulldogs in the regular season finale.
 

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6 points in the opening 9 minutes of the game.

He's lost the team.

We are now a dumpster fire.

It's time to cut our losses.
 

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6 points in the opening 9 minutes of the game.

He's lost the team.

We are now a dumpster fire.

It's time to cut our losses.
Forgot the game was on (that's how excited I am about it). I turned it on to watch Bama give it away and then Ole $i$$ get five more quick points...
 

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Same old story we already have 8 turnovers.
 

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Dude, we're in the POSTSEASON and he's still playing with the rotation like this?

Not good. AT ALL.

This speaks to 1 of 2 things:

Either his ineptitude, or his desperation to find SOMEBODY that he hasn't lost yet.

 

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Dude, we're in the POSTSEASON and he's still playing with the rotation like this?

Not good. AT ALL.

This speaks to 1 of 2 things:

Either his ineptitude, or his desperation to find SOMEBODY that he hasn't lost yet.

Seems like he has no answers so he is randomly throwing darts hoping something sticks. The easy thing to thrash on is to change out players smh. Not a look of someone that knows how to fix things with this group of players.
 

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Seems like he has no answers so he is randomly throwing darts hoping something sticks. The easy thing to thrash on is to change out players smh. Not a look of someone that knows how to fix things with this group of players.
So a combination of ineptitude AND desperation.
 

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10 turnovers in the first half I don't think I can watch the 2nd half. This team is clearly not focused and that is the coach's responsibility.
 

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Turnovers are killing us. Always have. Doesn't help when Ole Miss has a guy hitting step backs and fadeaways at an 80% rate.
 

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Well, Mack has hit two straight 3's. Only down 5 now
 

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