Stukes carries Dawgs

ATLANTA – Georgia took advantage of a 20 points halftime lead to win their first SEC Tournament game since 1998. Levis Stukes tied a SEC Tournament record going 8 for 12 on three point attempts.

But Stukes' shooting was not the only thing that propelled the Bulldogs to the win. Their defense had a hand in it as well.

The Bulldogs took advantage of a powerful first half defensive effort that forced Auburn to shoot only 36% from the field and 14% from the three point line.

The Bulldogs will take on Kentucky tomorrow in the first quarterfinal of the day. Georgia has not lost to Kentucky this season but will need a win over the Wildcats to help their NCAA chances. But winning the third game of the season against the Wildcats has been very difficult for teams before. In fact only the 1979 Tennessee team beat Kentucky in both regular season games and in the SEC Tournament.

Auburn looked strong coming out of the locker room at the half but the Tigers were not able to climb over the huge half time deficit. Levi Stukes' back-to-back three pointers and Jonas Hayes' lay up at the 13:20 mark of the second half.

"He has been a good shooter for all us all season long," said Dennis Felton. "But nobody walks into a game and attempts to go 8 for 12 shooting from the three point area."

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