COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: UGA men stay perfect with last-second win vs. St. Louis; Auburn stunned by Campbell, remain winless at 0-3

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ST. LOUIS -- The 20-month road jinx is finally over for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Jeremy Price hit a short layup with 1 second left to give Georgia a 61-59 win over Saint Louis on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs had lost their previous 11 road games dating back to a 90-85 victory at Kentucky on March 4, 2009.

Georgia lost all 11 road contests last season.

"This should definitely give us confidence," Price said. "It shows that we can play tough at home as well as on the road."

Travis Leslie led Georgia with 19 points. Price added 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Dustin Ware and Gerald Robinson scored 10 points each.

Rob Loe led Saint Louis (1-2) with 19 points. Kyle Cassity added 13 points. Cory Remekun had a game-high nine rebounds.

The Bulldogs are off to their first 3-0 start since 2007-08.

"We've played three close ones, and this was a good one to get," Georgia coach Mark Fox said. "Our defense got better late, and we started stringing some stops together."

Price took a pass from Robinson, who drove the lane as time ticked down. The defense collapsed on Robinson, leaving Price open.

"He made the play with the pass -- all I had to do was shoot it," Price said.

St. Louis, which led 37-27 at half, went on a 7-3 run to take a 44-30 lead with 18:08 remaining.

But Georgia scored the next 13 points to climb to within a point. Leslie converted a layup to cap the run. The Bulldogs defense held Saint Louis without a field goal for 9:52. The Billikens missed six shots and committed eight turnovers during that stretch to allow Georgia back into the game.

"We struggled to score -- it's hard," Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus said.

The Billikens pushed the lead to 55-49 on a 3-pointer from Cassity with a little more than five minutes left. Georgia claimed its first lead of the night on a 12-footer by Leslie with 40 seconds remaining. Jordair Jett answered for the Billikens with a basket 18 seconds later to set the stage for the final play.

Fox chose not to call a timeout, and his players ran the play to perfection.

"They're an experienced group, they knew what to do," he said. "It was just a great hard-fought win."

Added Leslie, "We never quit, and that was the big difference."

Georgia is without Trey Thompkins, who led the team in scoring and rebounding last season. He has missed the first three games with a high ankle sprain suffered Oct. 30.

Saint Louis won a school-record 18 home games last year but fell to 1-2 on its home floor this season.



AUBURN, Ala. -- Amir Celestin came off the bench to score 13 points, nine in the second half, as Campbell defeated Auburn 61-54 on Saturday in the Global Sports Hoops Showcase.

It was the first victory for the Camels (2-2) over a Southeastern Conference team since they beat South Carolina 73-72 in overtime on Jan. 12, 1994.

After Andrew Malone's 3-pointer gave the Tigers (0-3) their final lead, 49-47, with 6:28 remaining, they didn't score again until the final nine seconds.

A layup by Eric Griffin tied the game at 49 and two free throws by Celestin put the Camels ahead 51-49 with 2:56 to play. Campbell led 57-49 before another 3-pointer by Malone broke Auburn's drought.

Campbell led by as many as eight points, 18-10, in the first half, but Auburn came back to take the lead on a Malone 3-pointer and went on to a 30-26 halftime advantage.

Malone led the Tigers with 17 points.