After leading 39-22 at the half, Georgia came out and quickly allowed a 5-0 South Carolina which cut the lead to twelve points and forced a quick Mark Fox timeout. The Bulldogs have been plagued by runs like this during the second half of games recently. Fox was quite candid during the timeout and this time his team responded.
The Bulldogs quickly built the lead back to twenty behind the strong play of Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie. Thompkins finished with twenty points and eight rebounds to lead the way for the Bulldogs. Leslie recorded fifteen points while Jeremy Price scored fourteen. Georgia shot a solid 46% from the field in the game.
South Carolina struggled the entire game on offense shooting just over 28% from the field in the game. The Gamecocks were a paltry 1-19 from three-point range. Malik Cooke led all South Carolina scorers with eleven points, Sam Muldrow added ten points for the Gamecocks. Bruce Ellington had a tough night scoring just seven points on 3-12 shooting.
Georgia was strong off the backboard tonight out rebounding South Carolina by a 38-28 count. If there was any cause for concern in this game then it would be the lack of production from the Bulldog bench. Chris Barnes was the only bench player to score for the Bulldogs and he had just two points. Georgia will be looking for a little more contribution from the reserves once they head into the SEC tournament.
Georgia is now 19-9 on the season and 8-6 in the SEC. The Bulldogs have two games remaining, at home against LSU, and the road finale against Alabama.