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

Conference tournament.

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

never trailed.

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.