ATLANTA (AP) - Zac Swansey scored five points in overtime,
including an unlikely turnaround 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left,
and Georgia upset Kentucky to 60-56 on Saturday to continue its
surprising SEC tournament run.
The game was originally scheduled for late Friday night at the
Georgia Dome. It was postponed after a tornado damaged the facility
during Mississippi State's overtime win over Alabama Friday night.
The Southeastern Conference tournament shifted to Alexander
Memorial Coliseum on the campus of Georgia Tech - Georgia's
in-state rival. The game was played before an estimated crowd of
1,500, as only a limited number of friends, family and school
officials will be allowed to attend the rest of the tournament
schedule in the smaller facility.
Georgia (15-16) will play Mississippi State in Saturday night's
Kentucky (18-12) is left with a nervous wait for Sunday's NCAA
Terrance Woodbury scored 17 points and Sundiatta Gaines had 16
as Georgia took its first SEC tournament victory over Kentucky in
Swansey, a freshmen who averages 4.2 points per game, was
guarded by Ramon Harris as he drove the court before stopping,
spinning and launching the 3-pointer in front of the Georgia bench,
giving the Bulldogs a 57-56 lead.
Swansey, who did not score in regulation, had his chance after
Gaines, a senior, fouled out with 1:33 left in regulation.
"It's something I dream for," Swansey said. "With Sundiatta
out of the game, it was an opportunity for me to come in the game
and show what I could so. I told Sundiatta I wasn't going to let
his career end like this."
Ramel Bradley's jumper with 8.8 seconds left in overtime bounced
around the rim before finally falling to give Kentucky a 56-54
It was the third overtime of the tournament and the second for
Georgia, which beat Mississippi 97-95 in overtime in its opener
Joe Crawford led the Wildcats with 24 points. Bradley added 12.
Bliss made two free throws with 59.4 seconds left for a 50-50
tie. Bradley had three misses on Kentucky's final possession in
The SEC announced early Saturday morning attendance would be
limited because Alexander Memorial's capacity is only 9,191 and a
crowd of 20,000 or more was expected for the semifinals at the
Approximately 1,000 Kentucky fans and about 100 Georgia fans
were joined by each team's pep band, cheerleaders and dance teams
in the unusually intimate setting.
The tornado also caused damage to other hotels and buildings in
downtown Atlanta. One Kentucky fan held a sign "Send car. Mine is
Jessica Rogers of New Haven, Ky., said even though some fans
found tickets, many others in Atlanta were frustrated by the
"You think a tornado is bad," Rogers said. "Wait until you
get 15,000 Kentucky fans who came down to Atlanta who are not going
to be able to watch the game."
Kentucky made only one of its first nine shots as Georgia took
early leads of 8-0 and 14-3.
Kentucky's man-to-man defense began to wear on the Bulldogs, who
committed eight turnovers in the half as the Wildcats rallied.
Kentucky closed the half with a 21-6 run to lead 25-22 at the