Auburn 51

(11-20, 4-12 SEC)

Georgia 69

(21-10, 9-7 SEC)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    1:00 PM ET, March 10, 2011

    Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

    1 2 T
    AUB 23 2851
    UGA 34 3569

    Top Performers

    Auburn: C. Denson 21 Pts, 4 Reb

    Georgia: T. Thompkins 22 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Healthy Trey Thompkins lifts Bulldogs past Tigers

    Associated Press

    ATLANTA -- 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 Barbee.

    Auburn closed its regular season with back-to-back comeback wins over Mississippi and LSU, overcoming double-digit deficits in each game.

    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 four minutes of the second half to help Georgia pad its lead.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 51 69
    FG Made-Attempted 19-49 (.388) 21-51 (.412)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-14 (.143) 5-20 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-16 (.688) 22-31 (.710)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 21

    2010-11 Season

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