ATHENS, Ga. — Sophomore guard Tre Mann scored a career-high 24 points, leading five into double-digit scoring and Florida broke away from Georgia 92-84 on Saturday.
Noah Locke added 16 points, making four 3-pointers, Colin Castleton scored 14, Tyree Appleby 14 and Omar Payne 10 for the Gators (8-4, 5-3 SEC) who have won two in a row after upending No. 6 Tennessee earlier in the week.
Florida has won five of six in Georgia under coach Mike White and Saturday scored the most points in regulation at Georgia since 1994. The hot-shooting Gators finished at 57 percent from the floor (37-of-65) with seven 3-pointers and made 11 of 17 free throws.
Andrew Garcia scored 17 on 8-for-9 shooting and K.D. Johnson added 16 to pace Georgia (9-5, 2-5), which had a two-game win streak end. Justin Kier scored 14, Toumani Camara 11 and Sahvir Wheeler 10 for the Bulldogs.
Mann scored 17 in the second half as Florida broke open a 42-39 lead. The Gators opened the second on a 13-3 burst while Georgia missed six of its first seven shots and had four turnovers. Florida extended its lead to 58-42 after an Appleby 3-pointer. Appleby scored 12 of his 14 after halftime.
Wheeler, with his 10 points and 10 assists for the Bulldogs, earned his fifth points-assists double double of the season. He has the second-most by any SEC player in the 2000s behind Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis (2015-16).
Florida not only stunned the sixth-ranked Vols 75-49 on Tuesday, but did it shorthanded. On Saturday, Castleton returned after missing the Tennessee game (ankle) but Scottie Lewis missed his fourth straight game (health and safety protocols). Lewis expected to return this week.
After outrebounding the Vols 44-36, the Gators outrebounded the Bulldogs 41-27.
“There were some things we can clean up, but yeah, shoot the percentage we shot on the road, get to the free-throw line, outrebound … ,” White said. “We did a lot of really good stuff.”
Georgia entered the game ranked 18th nationally in steals, at nine per game, with Kier, Wheeler and Camrara ranked in the SEC’s top 10. Saturday, Florida doubled Georgia in the steals category, 10-5. Kier had three, Camara one and Wheeler none.
Appleby led with four steals.
The Gators next host Vanderbilt on Wednesday. The Commodores lost at home 92-71 to Arkansas on Saturday. Florida won their first meeting 91-72 last month in Nashville.
Georgia visits South Carolina on Wednesday.