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Rapid Reaction: Alabama 65, Georgia 59

3/11/2011

ATLANTA – Georgia guard Dustin Ware's 3-pointer didn’t count.

But Alabama forward Tony Mitchell's did.

The Crimson Tide rallied from a 13-point deficit in the final six minutes of regulation, and then forced overtime after Ware’s 3-pointer with less than a second to go was waved off because Bulldogs coach Mark Fox called timeout before the shot. Alabama then scored the final six points in overtime for a 65-59 victory in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at the Georgia Dome.

With the score tied at 59, Mitchell put the Crimson Tide ahead for good with a 3-pointer with 1:33 to play.

Turning point: Georgia dominated most of the game and had a 49-36 lead with six minutes to go in regulation. But the Crimson Tide went on a 9-0 run over the next 2 minutes, 40 seconds and then tied the game at 53 on point guard Trevor Releford’s layup with 42 seconds to play in regulation.

Key player: Alabama forward JaMychal Green scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. He went 12-for-14 at the foul line and scored 16 points after the half.

Key stat: After making its first two shots in overtime, Georgia missed its last seven.

Miscellaneous: Georgia forward Travis Leslie scored 24 points on 9-for-19 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. Georgia forward Trey Thompkins had 19 points.

What’s next: Alabama advanced to Saturday’s semifinals, where it will play the winner of Friday’s quarterfinals game between Kentucky and Ole Miss. More importantly, the Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs for the second time in a week, which might be important on Selection Sunday. Georgia dropped to 21-11 overall, which might make the Dogs a little anxious on Sunday.