STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) _ Georgia Southern's hopes for an upset of 13th-ranked Georgia ran into a couple of roadblocks: turnovers and Pam Irvin.

The Lady Eagles pulled within three points of Georgia at the five-minute mark before costly turnovers stopped their bid.

Then Irvin, who led five Georgia starters in double figures with 27 points, sank her third 3-pointer of the game and contributed five points as the Lady Bulldogs went on a 9-1 run to finish off an 84-73 victory Monday night.

``I thought GSU was very well prepared for this game,'' Georgia coach Andy Landers said. ``But two crucial things happened late in the game. One, we were able to find Pam Irwin open three or four times, and two, they mishandled the ball two or three times late in the game. But it was a great ballgame.''

Coco Miller added 18 for Georgia (2-0). Kelly Miller had 16, Dianne Lott 12 and Elena Vishniakova 11.

Telly Hall had 16 for Georgia Southern (0-3), while Svetlana Trjeskal had 13 and Mary Perry and Amy Krach added 11 each.

Leading by only six at halftime, the Lady Bulldogs opened up a nine-point lead midway through the second half. That was when Georgia Southern rallied behind Hall and Trjeskal to cut the lead to three at the five-minute mark.

``You're never satisfied with a loss, but our girls played really hard,'' Georgia Southern coach Rusty Cram said. ``I thought the effort was there. We just made turnovers in a critical time of the game. But that's experience that we've now gained.''