Sophomore forward JaMychal Green scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to notch his fifth double-double of the season and twelfth of his career, but the Alabama men's basketball team was unable to hold on to a 13-point second half lead, falling 76-70 to Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens Saturday.
"We have an inability to defend and rebound down the stretch," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "It's a reoccurring thing. It cost us in this game just like it has in some other games this season."
Alabama was out rebounded 29-37, and Georgia connected on 29-of-53 of its shots from the field. The Bulldogs did not shoot often from beyond the arc, but were successful when they did, hitting 5-of-9 of its three point attempts.
"We need to control the things that we can control like blocking out and rebounding—the things that affect winning," Grant said. "When the game is on the line, it seems like we just don't do it."
With the loss the Crimson Tide slips to 14-12 (4-8 SEC) on the season, while the Bulldogs improve to 12-13 (4-8 SEC).
Alabama trailed 29-30 at halftime, but was able to build a substantial lead over the first seven minutes of the second half. Junior guard Charvez Davis connected on a three pointer and senior guard Mikhail Torrance added a pair of free throws to give Alabama the first double-digit lead of the game, 47-36, and cap an 18-6 run with 13:17 remaining.
The Tide would lead by as many as 13, but Georgia was able to cut away at the deficit thanks to an 11-2 run fueled by sophomore guard Travis Leslie's seven points to get the Bulldogs back to within four points at the 8:00 time out.
Sophomore forward Trey Thompkins got a turnaround jump shot to fall with 4:13 to play and gave Georgia a 61-60 edge, its first lead in over 13 minutes. Alabama senior guard Anthony Brock tied the game at 61 with a free throw, but Thompkins added two free throws of his own moments later to give the Bulldogs the lead for good.
Thompkins led all scorers with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting. He also paced the field with 17 rebounds. Torrance came off the bench to lead the Tide with 20 points, while Brock scored 10 points, had three steals and dished out three assists.