This Day in Georgia History: March 16th

Dawg Post takes a look back on what happened on this day in Georgia history.

March 16

2006

College Football Hall of Famer player and longtime Georgia coach, friend and supporter Bill Hartman dies at age 90.

2008

SEC East six seed Georgia upsets SEC West two seed Arkansas 66-57 in the finals of the 2008 SEC Tournament at Alexander Memorial Coliseum on the campus of Georgia Tech. The location of the tournament, which had been at the Georgia Dome, was moved due to a tornado that hit Atlanta the Friday night of the event.

"We showed everybody what we were made of," Bulldogs guard Billy Humphrey told the Associated Press after the win. "Right now, I feel like we can beat anybody."

The Bulldogs, who went from last place to champions in a matter of four hectic and tornado-filled days, leaned on tournament MVP Sundiata Gaines to push out to a 28-9 lead ten minutes into the game. The Hogs rallied and closed to within three points in the second half, but Georgia would not be denied its first SEC basketball championship since winning the regular season title in 1990.


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