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Washington hangs on to beat Georgia

Mar 19, 2011 - 5:32 AM Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points and Washington held off Georgia, 68-65, in a second-round contest from the East Region in the NCAA Tournament.

Scott Suggs added 10 points for the Huskies (24-10), who will match up with second-seeded North Carolina on Sunday. Washington, seeded seventh, won a game in the state of North Carolina for the first time in school history (1-8). They had to survive a last-second missed shot from Travis Leslie to advance to the round of 32.

"It's gratifying we won," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "For me, as a coach, you better have some thick skin. You can't get caught up in the criticisms all the time."

Trey Thompkins had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (21-12), who also received 12 points apiece from Gerald Robinson and Leslie and 11 from Jeremy Price.

The Huskies nearly wasted a 10-point lead with under two minutes left. A long three-pointer from Thompkins had Georgia within two with 5.4 seconds to go.

C.J. Wilcox then made the front end of a 1-and-1 with 3.7 seconds on the clock, but missed the second attempt. Price's long outlet pass was tipped away by a leaping Thomas, but right into the hands of Leslie. The desperation off- balance three from the left wing hit high off the backboard as time expired.

Price's layup to start the second half moved the Bulldogs to a 30-28 lead, but the Huskies responded with a 12-2 burst, capped by Darnell Gant's three- pointer.

That spurt was the momentum-changer, and Wilcox's jumper made it a double- digit lead at 47-37 with 12 minutes left. The sizeable lead remained until the final two minutes.

"We know teams are going to go on runs in the NCAA Tournament and we feel we have a lot of experience to stop those runs," Thomas said. "We got some stops at the end of the game and got some buckets."

Price's layup, two free throws from Leslie and a layup from Thompkins, sandwiched between a pair of foul shots from Thomas, had the Bulldogs within 65-59. A free throw from Dustin Ware and a layup from Robinson set up Thomas' two made foul shots and the dramatic finish.

The Pac-10 Tournament champions trailed by seven with under four minutes left in the first half, but Thomas' layup in the closing seconds tied the game at 28 at the break.

"Our defense really wasn't nearly as effective to start the second half, so we dug ourselves a hole," Georgia coach Mark Fox said. "I think they shot over 50 percent in the second half. We were playing from behind. A lot of it was our second shot defense."

Game Notes

Thomas also had seven assists...Both teams shot at least 50 percent from the field in the second half...The Huskies had just five turnovers, 10 less than Georgia...Washington's bench held a 28-0 scoring advantage.