Feb. 26, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - Trey Thompkins scored 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting to propel the Georgia men's basketball team to a 64-48 win over South Carolina Saturday night in Stegeman Coliseum. Thompkins got help from teammates Travis Leslie (15 points) and Jeremy Price (14) as the Bulldogs improve to 19-9 (8-6).
South Carolina - which never led in tonight's game - falls to 14-13 (5-9) with the setback.
It was the junior's eighth 20-point output of the season.
"That was a good SEC East win and we had to play extremely hard to get it," said head coach Mark Fox. "Both teams played really hard and I was really proud of our team for coming out of it victorious. I was proud of our team. I was proud of our crowd. I was proud of all things Georgia tonight."
"I don't think the rebounding was exactly great in the second half but didn't go south like we had in previous games. Our defense has been getting better and tonight we played good defense throughout the entire game. We were able to sustain some drives by them in the second half."
The Georgia defense limited South Carolina to six points through the first 11:20 and the Gamecocks didn't hit double digits until 8:20 left in the first half. The Bulldog lead grew to as many as 21 in the first half on a dunk for Gerald Robinson that made it 39-18 with 59 ticks remaining, and Georgia enjoyed the 17-point cushion, 39-22, entering halftime.
Thompkins already had 14 of his game-high 20 at the break and the Bulldogs ended the first shooting a hot 56 percent from the field.
After the Gamecocks crept to within 13, the Bulldogs responded with an 8-0 run to lead by 21, 49-28, with 13:17 remaining, and never allowed South Carolina closer than 16 after that.
Georgia's largest lead was 24 when Robinson hit a free throw with 6:34 on the clock that made it 64-40. The Gamecocks ended up scoring the final eight of the contest but the Bulldogs came away with the 64-48 win in front of 10,355.
Thompkins added eight rebounds and three blocks to his line, while Leslie dished a season-high six assists. Georgia owned the rebounding advantage, 42-34, and improves to 49-47 all-time vs. USC in the tight series history.
Georgia finishes the regular-season slate next week with Wednesday's home match-up vs. LSU at 8 p.m. and a road meeting at Alabama on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.