UGA rallies from 13 points down to beat Bama

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ATHENS — Georgia came roaring back from a 13-point second-half deficit and defeated Alabama 76-70 at Stegeman Coliseum this afternoon.

The Bulldogs trailed 52-39 with 11 ½ minutes to play but went on a 22-8 run to take a 61-60 lead with four minutes to go.

A key  3-pointer by Dustin Ware put Georgia up 68-63 with just over a minute to play, and Ware’s two free throws with 40 seconds to go gave Georgia a 72-65 cushion.

Trey Thompkins put up big numbers for Georgia: 21 points and 17 rebounds. Travis Leslie scored 16.

The win was Georgia’s first since 2008 against an SEC Western Division team. The Bulldogs had lost 11 in a row to West teams, going 0-4 previously this season and 0-7 last season.

Full story on ajc.com soon  . . .

42 comments Add your comment

Mic'd Up

February 20th, 2010
6:13 pm

nice game Fiox

Mic'd Up

February 20th, 2010
6:14 pm

Tim,

How did they come back from 13? Defense or did Bama just miss easy shots?

Mic'd Up

February 20th, 2010
6:16 pm

why can’t they play like this on the road?

todd grantham

February 20th, 2010
6:18 pm

Tim, thanks for blogging from the game.

Asheville Dawg

February 20th, 2010
6:23 pm

Great game Dawgs. Your getting there Coach Fox! I saw last five minutes of the game, and came back from five points down. The Steg was rocking.

Clay

February 20th, 2010
6:27 pm

The Dawgs win and Tech loses–what a great Saturday!

Billy Jack could fight

February 20th, 2010
6:27 pm

the Dawgs are 11-12..their last 4 games are: @Vandy. UK,Florida, and @ LSU…I think we can beat the Gators and LSU…and if we win 2 games in the SEC tournament and lose the third game we’ll be 15-15..and we’ll get an NIT bid…not a bad season given pre-season expectations (or lack thereof..)…am I out to lunch..???

MontyP

February 20th, 2010
6:31 pm

Learning how to finish games! Two comebacks in last 3 games. If Dawgs finished games like this early in the season they would be 8-4 instead of 4-8. Its great seeing the Steg jammed and the fans having fun. Wish I lived in the area. Go Dawgs!

Normal Dawg

February 20th, 2010
6:36 pm

Can a .500 team get into the NIT? I am not sure what the records look like for that tourney. This team is pretty good and I don’t think the record says the whole story. They have only been beaten soundly in a few games this year and that alone makes me excited for the future. I just hope we can steal a top recruit or two in the off season.

Billy Jack could fight

February 20th, 2010
6:41 pm

Normal Dawg ..yes a .500 record will get you in the NIT…I’m sure know this but the dawgs don’t travel well in basketball….so it’s a crap shoot..if we sneak in every game will be on the road….

I Run This State

February 20th, 2010
6:43 pm

Best UGA blog on the planet – http://hoopdawg.wordpress.com

john '90

February 20th, 2010
6:44 pm

You have to love the fire Coach Fox has put back in this team and the fan base. On the court, I saw it in the player’s faces as they reached down and pulled this game out. (would’ve been unnecessary if we’d hit our freebies, but that’s a discussion for another day.) The point is you can see chemistry, determination and real teamwork on this unit. The future looks bright and Coach Fox is getting the most out of what he has. A few more players and the Steg will rock on a routine basis. Like CMF said, the culture has to change.

Go Dawgs!

Felix the Cat

February 20th, 2010
6:49 pm

Good win for a great coach! Go Dawgs!

Normal Dawg

February 20th, 2010
6:53 pm

Billy Jack- Well that would be great if we could squeak into that tourney and get some more practice and exposure. The other thing I like about the NIIT is that it seems bubble teams aren’ t realy excited to be there so sneaking a win from a good team seems more probably in the NIT. Finish strong Dawgs!

Football Fan

February 20th, 2010
6:59 pm

This is my favorite UGA hoops team of the past 20 years. This includes the Durham, Tubby, Jirsa, Harrick, and Felton versions. The Dawgs finally have a great coach. Thank God they didn’t get Capel from Oklahoma. With a couple of more pieces Georgia can be very difficult to play in the SEC and nationally.

Beeeeg Boy

February 20th, 2010
7:04 pm

That Fox, He can coach. This team is really fun to watch.

kydawg

February 20th, 2010
7:09 pm

Great Win!!! This team is getting better every week. It would be great to get to .500 and get an NIT invite. Tough road ahead tho…

I like coach fox

February 20th, 2010
7:14 pm

Bama got out-foxed. I like coach fox and like this georgia team. A couple of key players and we be moving up. keep up the good work dawgs!!!

St Simons

February 20th, 2010
7:20 pm

Our team loses and sucks and you guys play with great heart….GREAT WIN BULLDOGS

Sid

February 20th, 2010
7:22 pm

if Fox can recruit a good guard and a competent center this team will be very good next year. I assume Leslie will stay one more year and Trey Tompkins as well. If those two can get some help in scoring they will win a lot of games. Hey Atlanta Hawks, take a look at Travis Leslie. He WILL be a draft pick that becomes a huge NBA star.

Sid

February 20th, 2010
7:27 pm

No one in the SEC wants to play UGA in the tournament. They can be dangerous. ST SIMONS, who knows if it’s Hewitt or the all-stars just don’t gel. Look at UNC. What, 7 Mcdonalds All-Americans and they have lost 13 games. We know Roy Williams is a good coach. You just never know.

lanier

February 20th, 2010
7:30 pm

Thanks I am so glad they won a SEC game. Man they are on the way

Good Grief

February 20th, 2010
7:35 pm

I just don’t believe that’s the real St. Simons at 7:20

JD

February 20th, 2010
8:09 pm

Mike L.

February 20th, 2010
8:26 pm

I’m so proud of this team. They really fight and that’s all you can ask for as a fan. Trey Thompkins is one of the best in the nation. Travis has to work on his ball handling skills to become a guard in the NBA, but he’s grown so much from last season that the sky is the limit for this young man.
I thought they let this one get out of reach. i didn’t think they had the fire power to come back, but they got tough on defense, and made adjustments to beat that good Alabama press.
Gutsy win!.

col fot

February 20th, 2010
8:37 pm

Tucker, why do you always bring the past records of Georgia against their opponents. Are you jealous or are you just trying to demean their accomplishments, what bull$hit reporting!!!

icedawg

February 20th, 2010
8:37 pm

I have been impressed with the basketball coach and team’s performance this year. I know that the DAWGS just about had no where to go but up, but this the coach is getting the players to play up. The football team’s defense could take a few lessons. Good on the Fox and the Dawgs!

Cherokee

February 20th, 2010
8:43 pm

What is wrong with Saint Simons??

Dawg Fan

February 20th, 2010
8:50 pm

How about Fox out coaching Grant. Grant was the hot coach last year and Bama thought they had the best hire last year in the SEC. I think Damon earned his raise with the hiring of Fox. I think Fox was a better hire than Callipari because Fox runs a clean program, where Callipari will have the Wildcats vacating wins and Final Four apperances in two years.

VinceVanGo

February 20th, 2010
9:22 pm

Great game. My daughter bought us tickets for Christmas and we all went, son-in-law included. What a blast. I really believe that the fans willed Georgia back into the game. Travis Leslie put the Dogs on his back when they were down and almost out and Trey Thompkins slowly picked up his scoring pace when they really needed it. The block near the end by Chris Barnes was huge. I’ve never seen Mark Fox so vocal and upset with the referees. It paid big dividends in the second half. He really is a fine coach. I do have a suggestion for the press that Georgia continues to see and struggle with. Don’t throw it in to the corners and allow yourself to get trapped. Hit someone like Leslie in the middle, or get it back to Thompkins in the middle and then attack down the floor and go right to the basket as fast as they can like they did late in the game(Thompkins to Leslie at half court to Barnes for the dunk.) That’s how to beat the press. Holding it in the backcourt too long allows the opponents to get their press in full attack. Atttack the press and you’ll beat it.Georgia’s basketball future looks bright. Go Dogs!

Legend of Len Barker

February 20th, 2010
9:31 pm

I still can’t figure out what exactly happened, except that perhaps Georgia started handling the press just a bit better and the guys learned how to play with foul trouble.

Price didn’t have a good game, but Barnes stepped up a bit. Thompkins and Leslie were just everywhere. Leslie’s beginning to really be assertive on the floor. The slashing underhand layup between two defenders where he just floated forever was fantastic.

Georgia was 5-16 at the line until in the game until they made their last eight. That’s how you play under pressure. Dustin Ware came alive at the end, too.

Dean

February 20th, 2010
10:02 pm

I guess Bama fans can only talk about football

boots

February 20th, 2010
10:45 pm

This team is a lot of fun to watch & follow. I have really enjoyed this season, and hope springs eternal. UGA can and will be a great basketball school, and everyone will support the team. There is no bigger fan of our football program, but we need to invest in our basketball program, too. Both can be equally exciting, dominate and profitable. Fox is a great coach, and we only lack one or two other star players to make the NCAA tourney next year and go deep. Go Dawgs!

SoCal Dawg

February 20th, 2010
11:03 pm

Great come back win!

Iraq Dawg.... Go Army.... Hooah

February 20th, 2010
11:05 pm

Dean, I totally agree with you. The lousy Bama fans never come out when they lose. Typical! They are gonna be that way when Saban leaves too

Pope UGA XXIII

February 20th, 2010
11:28 pm

DIVINE DAWG -INTERVENTION !!!!!!

DirtyDawg

February 21st, 2010
12:17 am

For the life of me I don’t understand how we won this game. Simply can’t take care of the ball…shot free-throws like they were bricks…passed the ball to men in red (we were wearing white) time and time again. But we did. The fans…the coach…a couple of key players at the right time…Alabama lost a step or two on their pressure late? Whatever it was it was wonderful to see. Just think what these kids could do if they took care of the ball…could handle pressure…stop passing the ball to the other guys…had a point guard that could penetrate and dish.

Whenever all that happens, watch out SEC.

Dawg Gone It

February 21st, 2010
8:10 am

Great win! Two great comebacks in 1 week and 1 day. GO DAWGS!

wild one

February 21st, 2010
9:00 am

Well, this Bama fan can say good game Dawgs!!! Bama has a long way to go when it comes to basketball. But, that is why we love our ladies gymnastics which is always competitive with the Dawg Nation and our football the game of gods. Which we proudly serve as your national champions.

bitter DAWGS PUPS

February 21st, 2010
12:05 pm

PUT IN DOMINQUE WHY NOT STATRTING? WHO BE WHO

bitter vince dooley

February 21st, 2010
1:04 pm

the football game is all that matters on saturday. tennersea sux

how2fish

February 22nd, 2010
3:55 pm

wild one thanks class comment.