ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Kenny Gaines scored 14 points and Georgia moved closer to locking up a spot in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament, routing Mississippi State 66-45 on Wednesday night.
Georgia (17-12, 11-6 SEC) remained third in the league and still hopes to make a run at the NCAAs, though a middling RPI ranking likely means it would have to win the regular-season finale and at least beat either No. 1 Florida or No. 25 Kentucky at the SEC tournament.
Georgia trailed 16-8 in the early going but took control before the first half was done, leading 37-24 at the break.
Last-place Mississippi State (13-17, 3-14) is closing out another dismal year under second-year coach Rick Ray, who went 10-22 in his debut season. His team shot just 34 percent and had no one in double figures.
Georgia swept the season series, winning the two meetings by a combined 41 points.