Dawgs Rally Past Manhattan

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - Trey Thompkins scored 18 points and Travis Leslie grabbed a game-best 11 rebounds to lead the Georgia men's basketball team to a 61-58 win over Manhattan Sunday afternoon in the Bulldogs' final game of the 2010 Old Spice Classic at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

Georgia improves to 3-2 with the win, while the Jaspers fall to 2-3 on the early season. The Bulldogs dropped their other two tournament games to Notre Dame and Temple over the Thanksgiving holiday.

After leading by as many as 11 in the first half, Georgia was tripped up by the Jaspers' varying zone defenses to fall behind by as many as five in the second. But the Bulldogs took advantage of late trips to the free throw line to rally for their third win of 2010.

Following a three-pointer for Manhattan's Kidani Brutus with 4:33 to play in the first half, the Bulldogs mounted a 6-0 run to take their largest lead to that point at 11, 35-24, with 2:14 left in the first half on a Travis Leslie dunk.

Manhattan trimmed the lead to seven, 37-30, on a tip-in for Brutus in the final second of the opening half to send the teams into the locker rooms.

Manhattan cut the Georgia lead to two, 42-40, with 16:03 left in the second on a lay-up for George Beamon, and a free throw for the sophomore moments later made it just a one-point Bulldog advantage and completed a 9-2 Jasper run.

With Georgia back on top by three, 46-43, Manhattan's Andrew Gabriel completed an old-fashioned three-point play to tie it at 46 with 11:16 to play, before Manhattan took its first lead of the afternoon, 48-46, on a steal and dunk for Beamon with 10:21 to go.

With just over a minute remaining and the teams having traded the lead over the last 10 minutes, Brutus was called for a travel and Thompkins hit a lay-up at the other end to put the Bulldogs up 58-55. Dustin Ware was headed to the line with just 22 seconds left and made both to increase the lead to five, 60-55. But Brutus answered with a clutch three for the Jaspers, cutting it to 60-58, with 12 seconds on the clock.

Manhattan called a timeout and was forced to foul coming out of it, sending Leslie to the line. He made the front end and missed the second, making it 61-58 with just 10 ticks left. Brutus missed a last-chance three as Georgia held on for the three-point win in Sunday's consolation bracket contest.

Gerald Robinson chipped in eight assists to go along with his 13 points, while Leslie finished with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Jaspers were led by Brutus' 16 points while Beamon ended with 14.

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