Georgia Basketball Suffers Loss To LSU In Regular Season Finale
BATON ROUGE, La. --- Georgia (13-16, 5-11) fell to LSU (11-19, 2-14) 50-48 after missing a game-tying shot in the final seconds during the Bulldogs’ regular season finale in Baton Rouge on Saturday.
Bulldog junior Jeremy Price missed a fall-away jumper with three seconds left during Georgia’s final possession of the game. LSU’s Bo Spencer had drilled a shot with 11 seconds left that gave the Tigers a 50-48 lead.
The Bulldogs are the No. 6 seed in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division and will take on Arkansas in the first round of the SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday. The Razorbacks are the No. 3 seed from the Western Division.
“I am really disappointed with today’s game,” said Georgia head coach Mark Fox. “A couple of our guys came to play and a couple were just not mentally ready to go. We knew we were going to play against a lot of zone coverage but our perimeter play wasn’t really what it has been recently.”
The Bulldogs had a 42-41 edge on sophomore Trey Thompkins’ jumper with 5:35 left in the contest. But Spencer connected for three with 4:42 left to put the Tigers up 44-42 and Georgia never led the game again. Sophomore Travis Leslie, who came into Saturday’s game averaging double figures for Georgia, scored on a lay-up to even the score at 48, but Spencer was again able to answer.
Georgia held the Tigers without a field goal for the first 7:51 of the opening half to take an early lead. After the Bulldogs managed to jump out to a 7-2 lead thanks in part to Price’s dunk at the 14:52 mark, LSU scored the first half’s final four points to knot the score at 20-all.
In a matchup featuring nine ties, LSU scored 29 of their 50 points on second-chance opportunities and off of Georgia’s 16 turnovers. The Bulldogs finished the game shooting just 4-for-15 (26.7 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Tigers were just 5-for-22 (22.7 percent) from behind the three-point line..
Thompkins was the Bulldogs’ leading scorer with 19 points and 16 rebounds, eight of those being offensive. Leslie added seven points and six rebounds, despite committing a team-high six turnovers.
LSU senior Tasmin Mitchell led the Tigers with 20 points and six rebounds in his final home game. Spencer also added 10 points for LSU during the team’s second conference win of the year.