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Florida Beats Georgia 104-91 in Two Overtimes

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Trey Thompkins banked in a shot at the buzzer to force overtime, but the Dawgs couldn’t capitalize and lost to the Florida Gators 104-91 after two extra periods.

Georgia led 86-83 in the first overtime and appeared to have the game in hand. But the Dawgs allowed Erving Walker to drive the floor and heave a 30-foot desparation three-pointer at the buzzer. Somehow he made that shot and forced a second overtime.

That could have been a tactical error by Georgia head coach Mark Fox. With six seconds remaining in the first OT, up by three and Florida with the ball, Fox should have had someone foul the inbounds ball receiver rather than letting them (Erving) have a chance to tie the game, which they did.

Florida dominated a tired Bulldog team in that second overtime period and escaped Athens with a 104-91 victory. In the final period, the Gators were 5-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 from the foul line. Georgia managed only two baskets and three turnovers.

The loss drops Georgia to 14-5 overall and 3-3 in the SEC. Meanwhile, 23rd ranked Florida improved to 16-4 overall and 5-1 in the SEC. The Gators now lead the SEC East by 1.5 games over Kentucky.

Travis Leslie led the Hoop Dawgs with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Trey Thompkins had a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 boards. Jeremy Price (16) and Dustin Ware (10) also scored in double-figures for Georgia.

The Bulldogs are now in sole possession of 4th place in the SEC East. They trail Kentucky and South Carolina by a half a game and the Florida Gators, the division leader, by two full games.

Next up for Georgia is a trip to Lexington to face the #16 Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, January 29. The game will be televised by ESPN at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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