Georgia 69, Auburn 51
One day after proclaiming himself ”more healthy than I’ve ever
been,” Trey Thompkins scored 22 points to lead Georgia past Auburn
69-51 on Thursday in the opening game of the Southeastern
Georgia (21-10) has a chance to again bolster its NCAA
tournament hopes when it faces Alabama, the Western Division’s No.
1 seed, in Friday’s SEC quarterfinals.
Thompkins, a 6-foot-10 junior, is ranked among the SEC leaders
with his averages of 15.8 points and 7.6 rebounds despite battling
ankle, shin and toe injuries. He said Wednesday he is ”100
percent, ready to go” for the postseason. He added 10 rebounds to
help support his claim.
Chris Denson, a freshman from Columbus, led Auburn (11-20) with
a career-high 21 points.
Travis Leslie had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Gerald Robinson
added 11 points for Georgia.
Thompkins recorded only his second game with 20 or more points
in his last 12 games.
Auburn couldn’t extend its season with first-year coach Tony
Auburn closed its regular season with back-to-back comeback wins
over Mississippi and LSU, overcoming double-digit deficits in each
The Tigers were in their familiar comeback mode from the opening
minutes against Georgia, which scored the first five points and
Thompkins scored Georgia’s final seven points of the first half
as the Bulldogs took a big lead of 15 points at 34-19 before
settling for a 34-23 advantage at the break.
Thompkins had two 3-pointers in the first 4 minutes of the
second half to help Georgia pad its lead.