Top Dogs: Georgia Bulldogs Beat Mississippi State 86-64 in SEC Matchup

Will BrownContributor IJanuary 22, 2011

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Georgia (14-4, 3-2) got off to a 24-8 start and never looked back, as they cruised to a 86-64 win over Mississippi State (10-8, 2-2).

The first half started out with Georgia knocking down seven of their first eight shots, which pushed them to the big early lead. Mississippi State did get a pretty good run in before the half ended, led by guard Dee Bost’s 12 points in the first half.

Georgia, who in their last game against Mississippi State got out to a 13-point lead at the half, only to lose, didn’t let up in the second half. They pushed the ball consistently and making the most out of the 11 turnovers by MSU.

Travis Leslie, Georgia’s star guard, had a great game. He went for 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block. He was helped out by great games from Trey Thompkins (15 points, seven rebounds) and Gerald Robinson (17 points, five assists, three steals).

Bost ended up scoring 20 points with five assists, but didn’t get a ton of help from his teammates. Renardo Sidney scored 15 points, but also turned over the ball five times and showed a lack of effort on the defensive side.

The win puts Georgia back over .500 in the SEC, and gives them momentum going into perhaps their most important week of the season. They will be on ESPN against Florida on Tuesday night and then on ESPN again in a game at Kentucky on Saturday. Being able to pull off at least one of these games will put Georgia in a great position come Selection Sunday, while winning both would put them in the front position in the East division.

This performance was also important for Georgia because of the controversial loss to Tennessee just a few days ago. Georgia, a usually up-beat and fun loving team during shootarounds, was extremely focused before the opening tip-off, mentally preparing themselves for the important game.

If they come out with the same focus this upcoming week, Georgia will be well on their way to producing a very impressive resume.