ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Ronnie Brewer scored 25 points and Jonathon Modica added 19 as the Arkansas Razorbacks extended their winning streak to five games in a 74-57 victory over Georgia Sunday afternoon.
Attempting to become the first Razorback to lead the Southeastern Conference in scoring, Brewer improved his average to 18.6 points, just three-tenths ahead of LSU’s Glen Davis. The league does not acknowledge a scoring champion until the end of postseason.
Arkansas (21-8, 10-6 SEC) won its second straight on the road for the first time since it left Auburn with a six-point victory on Jan. 5, 2002.
The Bulldogs (15-14, 5-11) have lost three straight and six of their last seven. Finishing the regular season with the Eastern Division’s worst record, Georgia now must face the Razorbacks when the final first-round game of the SEC tournament tips off Thursday night.
Billy Humphrey led the Bulldogs with 10 points.
Brewer reported no problems following a collision with Bulldogs center Rashaad Singleton at the 8:04 mark of the first half. Despite hitting the floor hard and walking gingerly to the bench, Brewer soon returned to hit a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws that pushed Arkansas’ lead to 38-26.
Sundiata Gaines’ putback brought Georgia within eight in the final minute of the first half, but the Razorbacks went on a 12-2 run to begin the second. After Charles Thomas’ free throw gave Arkansas its biggest lead at 50-32, the Bulldogs mounted one last attempt to close the margin.
Mike Mercer’s five-foot runner with 10:49 remaining made it 56-46, but the effort was not enough.
Arkansas will open Southeastern Conference Tournament play on Thursday night at 8:45 p.m. CT against the same Georgia team. The winner of the first-round matchup between the Hogs and Bulldogs will face Florida in tournament quarterfinals.
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