In the end, it was the Trey and Travis show yet again. Georgia's terrific two-some led the Dawgs to a come-back victory over Coach Anthony Grant and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The outcome of this contest was anything but certain. The Dawgs missed a few from the line early in the first half, which kept Alabama in the game. UGA looked to be on their way to another second half collapse when they found themselves down by 13 after leading by 1 at half-time.
Credit Alabama's defense. Anthony Grant wanted some player other than Dustin Ware to bring the ball up the floor. The scheme almost worked, too. The Dawgs started to turn the ball over against Alabama's full court press. But Thompkins and Leslie kept up their own pressure, hitting buckets around the basket and getting to the free throw line.
Thompkins finished with a huge 21 points and 17 rebounds. He may become a 20-20 guy before the year is out. Leslie scored 16 points with 7 boards and 5 assists. His follow jam off of a Ricky McPhee missed three will probably make ESPN Sports Center's top plays tonight.
Dustin Ware didn't score much, but when he did, it was huge. Ware hit a clutch three late in the game, and followed it up by stretching out Georgia's lead from the free throw line.
I was very proud of Chris Barnes. I've been waiting for him to have a really solid outing, and he achieved that and more-- a perfect 4 of 4 from the field, and 2 of 3 from the line. He ended the game with 10 points and 5 boards.
Congrats to Coach Fox and the Dawgs. We're 12 and 13, 4 and 8 in the SEC. Maybe we can carry some of our good play on through these next few games and beyond to the SEC Tournament.