March 15, 2008

SEC Shocker

ATLANTA - Georgia, which won four regular-season games in the SEC all season, has won three in three days - including two on Saturday - to make an improbable charge to Sunday's SEC tournament championship game.

Sundiata Gaines scored 20 points before fouling out and Georgia, playing its second game of the day, overcame shortages of players and rest to upset Mississippi State 64-60 in Saturday's Southeastern Conference tournament semifinal.

Charles Rhodes scored 22 points for Mississippi State (22-10), which finished first in the SEC West, but his late technical foul helped Georgia, the last-place team in the East, pull off its second upset victory of the day.

Georgia (16-16) will face Arkansas in Sunday's final with hopes of completing a highly unexpected march to the NCAA tournament.

Georgia upset Kentucky 60-56 earlier Saturday in a game pushed back a day due to the tornado that damaged the Georgia Dome on Friday night.


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