Thompkins leads Georgia over South Carolina 64-48
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Thompkins leads Georgia over South Carolina 64-48

Trey Thompkins scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the Georgia Bulldogs over the South Carolina Gamecocks 64-48 Saturday evening. The win improves Georgia’s record to 19-9 overall and 8-6 in the SEC.

The Bulldogs led by 17 at halftime and this time they didn’t falter late. South Carolina did cut the lead to 12 at one point, but that’s as close as they would get.

Travis Leslie scored 15 points and Jeremy Price added 14 for the Dawgs. If there was a sore spot on the evening it was Georgia’s bench. Collectively, the Bulldogs’ bench managed only two points in 43 total minutes on the floor.

Barring a collapse in their last two regular-season games, UGA should be invited to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. It would be their first appearance since 2008. That year, the received an automatic bid after winning four games in three days to claim the 2008 SEC Tournament Championship.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a home game against the LSU Tigers on Wednesday, March 2 (8:00 p.m. ET; SECN).

If the Hoop Dawgs beat LSU, it will be their first 20-win season since 1997-98. That team, coached by Ron Jirsa, finished 20-15 and won the third-place game in the NIT.

Georgia did have 20+ win seasons in 2001-02 and 2002-03 under Jim Harrick, but NCAA sanctions erased most of those victories from the record books.

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