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Georgia holds off South Carolina 74-62 at SEC Tournament

By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Yante Maten scored six straight points down the stretch putting Georgia ahead to stay, and the third-seeded Bulldogs beat South Carolina 74-62 Friday night in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

The last team to play thanks to a double bye, the Bulldogs (21-10) joined No. 21 Arkansas in avoiding the upset bug here. Not that it was easy against the Gamecocks who won both regular season games and erased a 12-point Georgia lead in the second half.

The Bulldogs put them away by finishing on a 17-5 run to reach Saturday's semifinal against Arkansas.

Maten tied his career-high with 13 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds. Marcus Thornton scored 15 points before fouling out with 3:53 left. Charles Mann had 12, and Nemanja Djurisic 11.

The 11th-seeded Gamecocks (17-16) snapped a three-game win streak.

Duane Notice led South Carolina with 20 points. Sindarius Thornwell and Laimonas Chatkevicius each had 10.

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