Gamecocks lose battle for SEC cellar to Bulldogs

Georgia senior Gerald Robinson scored 23 points and the host Bulldogs overcame a slow start to close the regular season with a 67-55 victory over visiting South Carolina.

The victory sends Georgia (14-16, 5-11 SEC) into next week’s SEC tournament in New Orleans as either the 10th or 11th seed, pending the outcome of Auburn’s game against LSU. The Gamecocks are the 12th seed.

The Bulldogs did not score until Robinson’s layup at the 12:17 mark of the first half. The Gamecocks (10-20, 2-14 SEC) led 10-0 at the time and held a 23-22 advantage with three minutes left before halftime. John Florveus’ dunk capped the run, giving Georgia a 30-23 lead at the break.

Georgia led 35-33 early in the second half before putting together a 14-2 run to extend its lead to 49-35 with 8:15 remaining. Robinson scored five of his points during the surge.

Malik Cooke scored 17 points to lead the Gamecocks, who finish last in the SEC for the second consecutive season.

South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington, a standout on the Gamecocks’ football team, collided with Georgia’s Dustin Ware while trying to block a pass with 4:05 to go. Ellington appeared to injure his left hand on the play.

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