- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Yante Maten scored a career-high 33 points and Charles Mann added 23 points to help Georgia beat Belmont 93-84 in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday night.

The Bulldogs (20-13) have won six of their last seven and will visit Saint Mary’s on Sunday.

Belmont pulled as close as two on Craig Bradshaw’s two free throws late in the second half and trailed by three on Taylor Barnette’s 3 with 3:38 remaining.

But J.J. Frazier followed with a straightway 3 at the 1:47 mark and hit eight consecutive free throws in the final minute to put the game away.

Bradshaw finished with 19 points for the Bruins (20-12). Austin Luke had 16 points and Nick Smith added 14.

Maten scored 20 of Georgia’s first 34 points. The Bulldogs snapped a five-game winning streak in a loss to Kentucky in the last week’s Southeastern Conference semifinal.

Evan Bradds, the Ohio Valley Conference player of the year, took just five shots from the field and finished with 13 points.

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