Trey Thompkins scored 15 points while Travis Leslie chipped in 14 of his own to help lead the Georgia Bulldogs to a 68-59 victory over the Arkansas State Red Wolves in the Bulldogs first action in eleven days due to final exams. Georgia came out of the gates slow before a late surge sent them into the half with a 36-27 lead.
The Dawgs came out even stronger in the second half pushing the lead to 21 points at one point before the Red Wolves were able to crawl back in late. The Wolves were able to get the lead down to seven thanks to a 17-5 run with 1:34 left in the game. Yet Georgia was able to hold on as they have numerous times already with a series of close games to start this season.
Georgia out rebounded Arkansas State 35-30 and forced 14 turnovers. The Dawgs totaled 20 assists on 27 made baskets but still missed out on an opportunity to bury the Red Wolves which led to a few tense minutes late at Stegeman.
Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “We’ve got to have better concentration when you’re ahead.”
Georgia has now won four straight games and will play two more games before Christmas. The High Point Panthers visit Athens on Tuesday. The Bulldogs will travel to Mercer on Thursday before breaking once again for Christmas.