Georgia 86, Auburn 84
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) _ Donald Hartry drilled a 15-foot jumper off a steal with five seconds remaining as 18th-ranked Georgia overcame a three-point deficit in the final 30 seconds to retain a share of the Southeastern Conference basketball lead with an 86-84 victory over Auburn Thursday night.
Hartry’s basket came after freshman Cedric Henderson deflected a pass to Hartry for the winning basket. Auburn’s Chuck Person failed on a 30-foot shot at the buzzer.
Auburn had taken an 84-81 lead with 41 seconds remaining on two free throws by Frank Ford and appeared to have the game in control when Ford made a steal, but he missed the layup at the other end. Freshman Jeff Moore attempted to tip in the missed shot for the Tigers, but was stuck with a technical foul for hanging on the rim.
Joe Ward hit the technical foul shot with 30 seconds left and, after a time out, sank a 15-foot jumper from the foul line to tie the score 84-84 with 15 seconds to play.
Auburn called a time out to set up a final shot, but had the ball stripped away by Henderson, with Hartry scooping it up and sinking the game-winner.
The victory lifted Georgia to 18-6 for the year and 10-5 in the conference, moving into a deadlock with Kentucky and Louisiana State with three games remaining. Auburn fell to 14-10 and 6-9.
Hartry led the Bulldogs with 20 points, Ward had 19, Henderson 15 and Horace McMillan and Gerald Crosby 10 each.
Ford led all scorers with 26 points. Chuck Person, who began the week tied with Kentucky’s Kenny Walker for the SEC scoring lead, was held to 12 points, leaving him with 543 for the year, five less than Walker.