AUBURN, Ala. (AP) J.J. Frazier hit two free throws with 4.9 seconds left and Georgia held on for a 64-61 win over Auburn Saturday in the regular-season finale.
The Bulldogs (20-10, 11-7 Southeastern Conference) avoided a potentially costly blow to their NCAA tournament hopes with clutch free throw shooting. The slumping Tigers (12-19, 4-14), meanwhile, faltered at the line.
Charles Mann gave Georgia a 62-60 lead on two free throws with 1:32 left after Auburn’s TJ Lang missed two straight from the line. The Tigers forced a shot-clock violation with 37 seconds left.
Auburn missed two 3-pointers but Jordon Granger and Cinmeon Bowers grabbed the offensive rebounds, and Bowers was fouled with 5.8 seconds left.
Bowers made only the second of two attempts.
The Bulldogs are no worse than a fifth seed for the SEC tournament.
Frazier led Georgia with 16 points while Mann had 15, including 13 in the second half. Mann was perfect on nine free throw attempts. Nemanja Djurisic had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Marcus Thornton was held to eight points before fouling out in the final seconds.
Georgia was without starting guard Kenny Gaines, who has a sprained ankle.
Auburn’s KT Harrell had 24 points but couldn’t hit a desperation shot at the buzzer. Harrell made all eight foul shots and 4 of 13 3-point attempts.
Bowers and K.C. Ross-Miller each scored 11 points.
The Bulldogs made all 13 free throw attempts in the second half and 19 of 21 for the game. Auburn finished 10 of 18 from the line.
Ross-Miller had a three-point play and 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to match Auburn’s biggest lead, at 52-45, with 11:32 left.
The Bulldogs answered with an 11-2 spurt to take a 56-54 lead on a drive by Frazier with 6:03 left.
Georgia: Posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since producing three in a row from 1996-98. …Broke a 90-all tie in a series that dates back to 1908.
Auburn: Has dropped six straight games and seven in a row at Auburn Arena. …Starting guard Antoine Mason missed his third straight game after father Anthony’s funeral on Friday.
Georgia plays in the SEC tournament either Thursday or Friday.
Auburn plays Wednesday in the SEC tournament.