FINAL SCORE: Georgia-81 Auburn-72
Dustin Ware makes the first free throw. As well as the second. Auburn misses a shot in the lane. Travis Leslie gets the rebound and gets fouled on the way down. Shooting two. Misses the first. Makes the second. 81-72 in favor of Georgia. Auburn chucks up an airball on a desperation 3. The clock will run out with the ball in Georgia’s hands and the Dawgs will take the victory.
Georgia-78 Auburn-72 :29.6 left in OT
We’re headed for overtime folks. Glad to stick around with you for this one. Georgia shouldn’t be in this position at all. They have played very poorly thus far. Give credit to Auburn. They play tough. Auburn gets the tip at the start of OT. It’s Ross again with the lay in. He’s got 27. Foul called. Robinson will shoot two. He misses the first. Makes the second. Ball goes over the backboard off Auburn, Georgia ball. Robinson for THREE! Auburn answers with a huge three of their own. That sucked the life out of this place. Robinson misses a three this time. Auburn misses the lay in and on the fast break Dustin Ware lays it in. Dawgs on top. Two minutes left and The Steg is rocking. Foul on Robinson, his fourth. Auburn shooting the one and one. He misses the first. Rebound Leslie. Off the ball foul on Auburn. Trey Thompkins shooting 2. Makes 1 of 2. Dawgs up by 2. The floater won’t go for Auburn. 1:30 left in OT. Robinson feeds Thompkins in the low-block. Trey uses the glass and draws the foul. Trey makes the free throw and the Dawgs are up by 5. One minute to go. Auburn looks confused on offense and they miss the lay in. Auburn immediately fouls Ware. Misses the first, makes the second. Dawgs up by 6 now. Auburn misses the three and the fouling will begin.
Georgia-67 Auburn-67 End of Regulation
The Steg is alive. They want a stand. Auburn takes a contested 3 and misses it long. Auburn has to begin fouling and they do starting with Gerald Robinson. Robinson gets one of two from the stripe. Auburn gets a lay in and Auburn takes their final time out. Georgia-67 Auburn-65. :13.7 seconds remain. Georgia gets the ball out of the break. Auburn has the possession arrow. Bad pass by Georgia and they turn it over. Auburn gets two quick points to tie it up at 67. Robinson gets the ball off the rebound and drives the court. Goes for the lay up and misses. The put back comes after the buzzer and we are headed for over time.
Georgia-66 Auburn-63 :59.4 seconds left
Trey is forced to put up a shot with the shot clock running out and he can’t get it to go. Auburn gets a floater to go in the lane. Auburn called for the push down low. Price will shoot 2. He makes the first misses the second but Georgia gets the rebound. Turnover by Thompkins. He’s getting doubled any time he touches the ball. Auburn turns the ball over while trying to push it up the floor. 2 minutes left. This game is too close for comfort for Dawg fans. Each team has two timeouts left. Out of the timeout, Georgia turns it over and Auburn gets 2 fast break points. Ware went for the dagger but missed it. One minute remaining.
Georgia-65 Auburn-59 3:29 left
Foul on Robinson and that’s his third. Robinson is really struggling today. Ross shooting the one and one. Misses the first. Robinson gets his first points of the night on the lay-in. Auburn will take a timeout with a little over four minutes to go. Dawgs get a stop out of the timeout and thats huge. The crowd knew it too. Price gets stuffed downlow; it’s called a jumpball and Georgia keeps possession. Four Minute Call.
Georgia-63 Auburn-59 4:27 left
Auburn gets a jumper to go from the elbow. Leslie misses a mid-range jumper. Auburn turns it over. Georgia’s ball. Georgia turns it over on Chris Barnes offensive foul. His third. Forbes gets the bucket to go for Auburn. Leslie turns it over and a foul called on Leslie on the other end. His second, team 7th. Auburn is now in the bonus. Misses the first, and the second. Over the back called on Forbes and he will have to sit for Auburn with 4 fouls. Price makes both free throws. Auburn misses a three. Price gets hacked hard going up and he’ll go to the line. By making one of those free throws Price now has 21 points. Dawgs need a stop here and they will get it with good defense from Thompkins in the low post. Price misses a contested shot and Auburn will take a timeout.
7:47 left in the second half
A three from Ross out of the break. Price gets fouled going up for the tough shot. Shooting two; get them both to go. Over the back on Auburn and Georgia’s in the bonus. Thornton misses the front end of the one and one. Fast Break and count the basket for Dustin Ware with the goaltend. Good D by Georgia on that possession. Price misses another dunk. That one would have brought the house down. Great block by Price on this end. Palming called on Robinson and thats his 4th turnover of the game. Chris Barnes in for the Dawgs. Ross gets another 3 for Auburn. He’s got 18 thus far. Another turnover for Georgia and Dustin Ware fouls on Auburn’s fast break. Thats his first. WATCH OUT NOW! IT’S ROCKY TIME!
Georgia-56 Auburn-49 11:13 left
Beautiful fade away jumper from Thompkins for the bucket. Auburn answers with a three. Poor perimeter defense by the Dawgs. Travis Leslie misses the jumper, gets his own rebound and feeds Trey for the dunk. Charging foul on Tony Neysmith of Auburn. Another turnover by Robinson. Ross gets hacked by Leslie on his way up and is shooting 2. Misses the 2nd. Travis Leslie with a 3. Foul on Chris Barnes, his second. Auburn shooting 2; misses the first, makes the second. Leslie out of control on the lay in attempt and he misses. Another foul on Georgia. Auburn misses the first but makes the second. Brantley with a great pass to Price. Price misses the dunk but gets fouled going up. Two shots; makes both. Big block by Price. Leslie lays it in on the other end. Stegeman coming alive now. Crowd wants a stop. They won’t get it as Armstrong makes a mid-range jumper over Price. LESLIE with the alley-oop dunk!! Thompkins gets called for tripping, iffy at best. Price is playing great but that dunk by Leslie was one of his best this season.
Georgia-43 Auburn-41 15:58 remaining
Auburn gets the ball to start the 2nd half and promptly put it in the hole. Robinson misses a jumper from the elbow but the rebound went out of bounds off Auburn. Jeremy Price misses a baby hook. Good move by Ross to get to the rack and Auburn has tied it up at 38. Coach Fox calls a timeout and is absolutely livid. He’s giving the guys a hard chewing out after that uninspired effort to start the second half. Auburn in the press after the timeout. GREAT dish by Robinson to Price and Price with another big slam and jam. Tough D down low by Price and its Georgia’s ball. Auburn gets a steal but then they turn it over right back on the fast break. Only two fast break points scored by either team thus far. Price gets stuffed down low. Good D by Georgia and they get a stop. Foul on the floor, still Georgia basketball. Turnover by Leslie but Auburn misses the lay up. Fast break outlet to Jeremy Price; with the dunk AND foul. Shooting one; he makes it. Auburn answers with a big 3. They are keeping this one close.
Georgia-38 Auburn-34 going into halftime
Auburn made a few threes there at the end of the half to cut it close. It seems as though Georgia got a lazy on the defensive end. Auburn knows they are out-manned on the inside and are packing in down-low when Georgia has the ball so the Dawgs have been forced to shoot it from the outside. Dawgs would prefer not to do this. Especially with Brantley being as cold as he is. Travis Leslie leads all scorers with 12 points. Auburn is led by Earnest Ross with 10. Dustin Ware and Gerald Robinson both have 0 points up to this point for the Dawgs. They will have to get it going in the second half to close this game out.
Georgia-33 Auburn-24 3:35 remaining
Hugh Durham in the house for the game today. Auburn makes the first free throw misses the second but they get the rebound. Auburn’s Ross gets a three to go. Georgia answers with a dunk by Thompkins. Auburn misses on the other end. Price works hard for an offensive board and as a result, Thompkins gets fouled going up and will shoot two. He makes both. Chris Barnes returns for Georgia. Auburn fails to convert on their end. Turn over by Georgia. Auburn gets a bench-warning. Vincent Williams now in the game for Georgia. He’s been getting more PT as of late. Auburn gets stuffed inside by Barnes. Thompkins misses a three from the top. Auburn drives the court and a foul on Vincent Williams.
6:10 remaining in the first half
Auburn gets a score from the lay in. Brantley misses a wide open three but the rebound goes out of bound off Auburn. Travis Leslie with a smooth-as-silk three pointer. He’s really improved his shot from last year. Auburn gets a three of their own. Brantley gets the three to go from the corner. Miss by Auburn. Jeremy Price with a HUGE SLAM. Thought the big man was going to tear it the place down with that one!
Georgia-21 Auburn-15 8:47 remaining
Georgia employing the press now as well. HUGE block from Trey Thompkins. Only :02 left on the shot clock. Robinson misses the three for Georgia but Price gets an offensive rebound. Thompkins misses a jumper from the elbow. Georgia gets another stop. Trey misses the three but Thornton gets the rebound and put back. Hold on Robinson of the other end. Travis Leslie and Chris Barnes back in for Gerogia. Another foul on Robinson. 2 fouls for him in about :10. Brantley comes in off the bench. Dawgs get a rebound. Leslie gets fouled on the way up and will shoot two. Travis makes both. Georgia with a two possession lead now. Georgia rebound off the miss by Auburn. Unbelievable scoop and score by Travis Leslie. Really showed off his elite athleticism there. Auburn is forced to take a timeout.
11:54 remaining in the first half
Price makes the first but misses the second. Foul on Donte Williams on the other in. Chris Barnes in for Price. Auburn gets the floater to go. Turnover by Gerald Robinson. Tony Neysmith in the game for Auburn. Dawgs go inside to Barnes but he gets tied up. Jump-ball; possession arrow goes to Georgia. Good perimeter passing from Georgia gives Donte Williams an opportunity but he gets fouled on the way up. Shooting two, missed the first but made the second. Sky hook from Armstrong and Auburn gets the bucket. Brantley gets the three from the corner for Georgia! Donte Williams gets his second foul on the other end. Thompkins, Price, Thornton and Robinson all in for Georgia now. Auburn gets 1 of 2 from the line. Beautiful turn around jumper from Thompkins. Palming on Auburn. Georgia’s ball. Auburn in a press defense now. Great passing and a nifty move by Jeremy Price down low for the bucket. Good D from Georgia but Robinson turns it over with a travel.
Georgia-6 Auburn-8 15:26 left
Auburn wins the tip. Gabriel gets the friendly bounce on a fade away jumper. Georgia starts off by pounding the ball inside to Thompkins. Hard foul. Trey misses the first but makes the second. Auburn answers back with inside points of their own. Georgia answers with a great in-bounds play to Leslie for two. Georgia gets the first stop of the game but gives it right back. Missed shot by Auburn gives Georgia the ball back. Another foul on Thompkins down low. He’s shooting two…makes the first but misses the second. Missed shot from the outside by Auburn. Georgia pushes and misses several opportunities for easy put back points. Both teams very sloppy thus far. Steal by Dustin Ware but he misses the pull up 3. Wallace for Auburn drives down the lane and lays it in for two. Trey misses a three on the other end. Great by Ross on Auburn’s end for an easy lay up. Georgia works down the floor and Jeremy Price sinks a jumper from the top of the key. Georgia’s ball after a stop and Jeremy price gets fouled on his way up.
Welcome to WUOG’s live follow of today’s basketball game at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia is coming off a great road win at Arkansas which ended on a somewhat controversial call. The win bumped Georgia’s record to 15-6 overall and 4-4 in the SEC. After a somewhat hectic travel period that Dawgs are happy to be back home to take on the Auburn Tigers. Auburn (8-14, SEC – 1-7) will look to rebound after a loss to Tennessee on Thursday night.
The key to this game is going to be the play in the paint. Georgia matches up very well with Auburn because of the big bodies Georgia has. Auburn has one skilled, big body in Kenny Gabriel but compared the bodies of Chris Barnes and Jeremy Price, Gabriel is undersized. Rob Chubb is another large player for the Tigers but he’s more of a space eater than a skilled post. With those factors it would seem Mark Fox’s strategy would be to pound the ball inside with his bigs and make mince-meat of the Tigers. Tip-off is in just under an hour. Another slow arriving crowd at Stegeman. Seems Georgia basketball fans are becoming notorious for it. Upper student section is almost empty. Fairly poor turnout on the students part but thats to be expected following a tough loss to Florida at home last week. Stay tuned for an update at the first break.
For all those of you coming to the game; be careful coming in, I saw some construction taking place. I wouldn’t want anyone to step on a nail and not be able to go to work! (BT/TB)