Travis Leslie’s desperation three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark, and the 7th seed Washington Huskies defeated the 10th seed Georgia Bulldogs 68-65 in the 2nd round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
With two minutes remaining in the game, the Huskies led 63-53 and appeared to have the game in hand. But Georgia scratched their way back. With seven seconds left, Trey Thompkins hit a thee-pointer to cut the lead to only 67-65.
Washington’s C.J. Wilcox was then fouled and hit the first free-throw and missed the second. Jeremy Price got the rebound and heaved the ball down court. The Huskies’ Isaiah Thomas deflected the pass towards Travis Leslie, who then launched his unsuccessful last-second shot.
The loss ends Georgia’s season and leaves the Dawgs with a record of 21-12 (9-7 SEC). It also means they have won one NCAA Tournament game since 1996 and have lost in the first game in four of their last five appearances.
Trey Thompkins, who will likely forgohis senior season for the NBA, finished the game with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Travis Leslie and Gerald Robinson each scored 12 points and Jeremy Price added 11.
Georgia’s bench, which combined for 33 total minutes, scored no points and only attempted one shot.
Although it hurts to exit the tournament, Mark Fox has done a great job with the Georgia basketball program. Going forward, Fox needs to bring in the top recruits and improve the depth on the bench.
Next year could see a step backwards in terms of wins and the postseason. Trey Thompkins is sure to leave early, and Travis Leslie could too. With Jeremy Price and Chris Barnes graduating, the 2011-12 Dawgs will be young in the front court.
- 2010-11 Georgia Bulldogs Basketball Schedule – Sicemdawgs.com
- Georgia-Washington Box Score – ESPN.com
- Frantic Finish Falls Short for Dawgs ($) – UGASports.com