[Ed. -- Complete, updated 2011 SEC Tournament bracket at the end of this post.] Alabama pulled off a remarkable comeback to defeat Georgia by a score of 65-59. Tony Mitchell's three pointer with 1:35 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Tide the lead for good and Georgia unraveled down the stretch.
Georgia built a 14 point lead in the second half before Alabama came roaring back thanks to some good defense by the Tide and some not so good offense from the Bulldogs. Georgia was on the cusp of putting Alabama away before going conservative offensively which helped a good defensive Alabama team dig in defensively. Georgia elected to not call a time out on their next to last possession in regulation which resulted in a shot clock violation.
On Alabama's next possession, Trevor Releford tied the game with 4.2 seconds on the clock. Dustin Ware then raced up the court and appeared to bank in a buzzer beater that was waved off because Georgia coach Mark Fox had called for a time out with just 0.8 seconds on the clock. Trey Thompkins desperation heave fell way short and the game went into overtime.
Alabama outscored Georgia 12-6 in the extra session. JaMychal Green led the Tide with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Charvez Davis added 15 points and Tony Mitchell scored 10 including that big three pointer in overtime. Travis Leslie led Georgia with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Trey Thompkins added 19 points but finished the game with only two rebounds and four turnovers.
Alabama advances where they will play the winner of Friday's Kentucky-Ole Miss game. By virtue of this win, Alabama improves its chances of making its way into the NCAA Tournament field. Coming into todays game, many were describing the match-up with Alabama a play in game into the tournament. Georgia must now sit and wait nervously for the NCAA Selection show on Sunday.
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Updated 2011 SEC Tournament Bracket (all times EST):
Thursday, March 10
- Georgia def. Auburn, 69-51
- Ole Miss def. South Carolina, 66-55
- Tennessee def. Arkansas, 74-68
- Vanderbilt def. LSU, 62-50
Friday, March 11
- Alabama def. Georgia, 65-59
- Kentucky vs. Ole Miss, 3:30 pm ET, SEC Network (WPCH)
- Florida vs. Tennessee 7:30 pm ET, SEC Network (WPCH)
- Mississippi State vs. Vanderbilt, 9:45 pm ET, SEC Network (WPCH)
Saturday, March 12
- Alabama vs. Kentucky/Ole Miss, 1 pm ET, ABC
- Florida/Tennessee vs. Mississippi State/Vanderbilt/LSU, 3:30 pm ET, ABC
Sunday, March 12
- Championship, 1 pm ET, ABC