MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Charles Mann had 17 points and Marcus Thornton had 11 points as Georgia knocked off Kansas State 50-46 on Wednesday.
Mann led the Bulldogs in scoring for a second consecutive game and fourth time this season.
With the loss, Kansas State (7-6) has dropped back-to-back non-conference home games for the first time since 1987. Thomas Gipson led Kansas State with 19 points, including a 7-of-10 performance from the free-throw line.
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After falling behind by as many as 15 points, Kansas State built a 46-43 lead with 2:50 left.
However, a 3-pointer from Nemanja Djurisic thwarted its momentum, giving Georgia (8-3) a 47-46 lead with 1:05 left.
The Bulldogs made three of their four final free throws and scored the game’s final seven points to clinch the road victory.
Gipson, who was coming off the bench for the first time this season, ignited Kansas State’s late 15-4 scoring run with seven points. The offensive push cut Georgia’s lead to 39-35 with 7:33 left.
Kansas State dug itself out of quite an offensive hole, overcoming a 21.7 percent shooting performance in the first half.
A turnover-laden first 20 minutes came back to bite the Wildcats, however, as control of the game’s opening half fell in the hands of Mann and company.
A technical on Georgia coach Mark Fox propelled the Bulldogs on a 12-2 scoring run over the final 10 minutes of the first half.
Despite shooting 28.6 percent from the field (6-of-21), Georgia took a 20-12 lead into the locker room. They benefited from 16 Kansas State turnovers in the first half and scored 16 points off of the miscues.
The turnover-heavy game included a stretch of seven Wildcat turnovers in the game’s opening seven minutes.
Kansas State’s 12 first-half points were the second fewest in school history, falling behind an 11-point first half against Oklahoma State on Jan. 6, 1992.