68-65 WASH Final
Like my colleague Mike Reiter said, a frustrating season ends with a frustrating loss. A Trey Thompkins three briefly gave Georgia hope, bringing the score to 67-65. Sends Washington to the line. Where they make one of two. 68-65. Robinson finds Leslie to try and sink the three, but Isaiah Thomas, of course, attempts to swat it down. Lelslie somehow gets a hold of hit, but can only launch a one-handed three-pointer that bounces off the left side of the backboard.
Just some quick postgame stats:
-Trey Thompkins had yet another great performance in the postseason: 26 points on 11-14 shooting, including 2-2 from three, and 11 rebounds. All in 39 minutes.
-Isaiah Thomas responsded out of halftime with 15 second half points, going 7-7 from the line.
-Believe it or not, Georgia actually won the rebounding battle in the second half, 16-11 (6-4 offensive, 10-7 defensive).
-Stat that explains loss? Probably this one. Washington had 17 points off of 15 turnovers by Georgia. Georgia had 3 off of 5 by Washington.
I have to make a big drive so I don’t have time to really talk about this game. Instead Mike will fill you in on postgame media conferences.
Fun season, Georgia.
44.8 65-57 WASH
Washington calls a 30-second timeout. Georgia needs to score here. But they don’t. Thomas gets a steal and is sent to the line to shoot two, makes first and second.
Georgia gets a two from Thompkins and calls a full-timeout. With only 34.2 remaining, Georgia needs a turnover. Fox sends in Vincent Williams. Que?
3:26 61-51 WASH
Price at the line shooting one-and-one. Washington with 8 team fouls. Getting into double bonus and slowing down this game may be only way Georgia can get back in this one. Georgia still cannot stop Washington on the other end. Ping-pong.
4:25 59-49 WASH
Darnell Gant with a wide open dunk. How will Georgia respond?
7:41 53-44 WASH
Just had a fan behind me scream, “Come on, somebody lead!” Not the worst point in the world.
Isaiah Thomas starting to come on a bit strong. Has four straight points and just forced an offensive foul on Thompkins. Also has his season average of 6 assists with seven minutes to play.
10:50 49-39 WASH
Probably feeling like we’ve been here before. Georgia having problems with the press so Fox calls time-out to cool down team.
Leslie gets a put-back that is not called for basket interference and gets a foul. Huskies respond with a Scott Suggs three. Teams trade baskets. UGA’s defensive rebounding catching up to them.
15:37 37-32 WASH
Georgia comes out looking to establish Price early with a two off the glass. UGA goes into zone and forces late three from Thomas, but fouls him. Makes all three free throws. Price picks up deadly third foul. Chris Barnes once again to be heavily relied on. Questionable call when Barnes lay in rims out, but Leslie slams back in. Referee calls basket interference. Sends Georgia fans and Fox into stir. Washington coming with the press…
Forgive the pun. It’s a dog fight out there.
UGA having some troubles down the stretch getting defesnive rebounds. Darnell Grant had a tip-in at 3:46 and Isaiah Thomas was able to even the score with a spinning lay-up after Washington was able to get another shot before the clock expired.
Best Georgia play came from Travis Leslie who penetrated into the center of the lane, pulled up but dropped the ball to Thompkins who finished with yet another dunk and a foul.
I’d say Georgia is playing a pretty decent game so far. They are turning the ball over a little too much, but not allowing Washington to capitalize. Still would like to see Thompkins get more inside, but Washington’s length making a lot of UGA’s entry passes difficult.
Stats that stick out to me are the turnovers (UGA 8, WASH 3), fast break points (UGA 2, WASH 12), and bench points (UGA 0, WASH 14).
Probably need to fix at least one of those three things if you want to win this game. Georgia has the slight rebounding edge 20-18.
Washington launching a lot of threes. Currently 2-14 from beyond the arc while Georgia is 3-6. Neither shooting particulary well with UGA at 11-26 and Washington 12-34.
Leading point man is Thompkins with 15. Robinson second with 8. Leading rebounder is Thompkins with 8.
Thomas so far is 2-7 from the field, 0-2 from three with 4 points. Can’t ask for much better D. Of course, there is always a second half.
3:45 23-18 UGA
Since we last posted, UGA has turned the ball over four times. Lucky enough Washington has only converted those to two points. Only bright spot was Thompkins pull-up three. Shooters gotta shoot, I suppose.
7:39 20-16 UGA
Georgia scoreless since Leslie’s raucous dunk. After hitting two threes earlier, Robinson airballs one. Dustin Ware settles for long three from himself. Fox tries to get some bench relief with Williams, Barnes, and Thornton with Robisnon and Ware. Price with two fouls, will likely see limited playing time rest of half.
9:50 20-14 UGA
Robinson three. Trey rebound and slam. Leslie steal and dunk. All I could type within timeout.
12:47 1st, 12-9 WASH
After scoring five unanswered points, Washington comes roaring back with a threes from Scott Suggs, C.J. Wilcox, and Thomas’ first basket, a lay-up following a long miss from Thompkins.
Dogs looking sloppy on offense, forcing difficult jumpers.
15:57 1st, 4-3 UGA
Georgia finally gets it’s first field goal at the 15:57 mark. Travis Leslie makes a nice pass inside to Trey Thompkins who makes the basket and is fouled. Free-throws to come.
Thomas scoreless so far. As expected, Robinson is taking him defensively. For a moment, Georgia went into zone. Will be interesting to see if they continue this look. Refs controlling game a bit too much.
Hey folks, we’re still a bit from tip-off, but I figured I’d start the ‘ole blog up a little early so we get a nice little look into tonight’s match-up.
I already listed some pre-game “Keys to the Game” here. Check those out and let me know what you think.
Tonight’s projected starting line-ups are as follows, previews for Georgia players and stats for Washington players:
Georgia Bulldogs (21-11, 9-7 SEC)
#1 F Travis Leslie, 6-4 Jr. Coming off back-back to back doubles in both SEC Tournament games.
#33 F Trey Thompkins, 6-10 Jr. Only two rebounds against Alabama, will need to rebound aggressively tonight.
#50 F Jeremy Price, 6-8 Sr. Five personal fouls kept Price limited last week, only 6 points.
#3 G Dustin Ware, 5-11 Jr. Lead SEC in 3P% and Assist-to-turnover ratio.
#22 G Gerald Robinson, 6-1 Jr. Shot 6 for 24 in SEC Tourney. Did have 11 assists and 6 steals against Alabama though.
Washington Huskies (23-10, 11-7 Pac-10)
#2 G Isaiah Thomas, 5-9, Jr. 16.8PPG 3.6RPG 6.0APG
#11 F Matthew Bryan-Amaning, 6-9, Sr. 15.5PPG 8.1RPG 1.6BLKS
#22 F Justin Holiday 6-6, Sr. 10.8PPG 5.4RPG 2.2APG
#44 F Darnell Gant 6-8, Jr. 5.1PPG 3.7RPG 0.6APG
#31 G Terrence Ross 6-6, Fr. 7.9 PPG 2.8RPG 1.0APG
Feel free to comment on this post or hit me up on Twitter to get a discussion going on tonight’s game. Until then…