Georgia blew a 14-point lead with about 7 minutes remaining in the game and lost to Alabama 65-59 in overtime at the 2011 SEC Tournament. The loss drops Georgia to 21-11 overall.
Travis Leslie, who led the Dawgs with 24 points, dunked home a lob from Gerald Robinson to make it 48-34 with 6:59 left in the game. But multiple missed scoring opportunities, free-throws and turnovers allowed the Crimson Tide to get back in the game.
Georiga led 53-49 with 54 seconds to go, but a tip in by Chris Hines cut the lead to 53-51. On the Dawgs’ ensuing possession, Gerald Robinson turned the ball over and Bama tied it with only 4 seconds remaining.
Dustin Ware brought the ball down the court and heaved a desperation three-point shot that went in off of the backboard, but Georgia coach Mark Fox called a timeout just before he released it. After the timeout, the play to Thompkins resulted in an air ball and forced overtime.
The Dawgs led in overtime at the midway point, but again couldn’t hold on and eventually lost 65-59.
Georgia is now out of the SEC Tournament and will await their fate regarding the NCAA Tournament. The men’s NCAA Selection Show is Sunday at 6:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
Coming in to the game, I believe that the Dawgs had done enough to warrant an NCAA invite. Although they collapsed late, I think they are still deserving of a bid. We’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully Georgia will survive the court of public opinion.