UGA Plays for Felton, Eliminates MSU from Tournament

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

After winning four Southeastern Conference games all season, Georgia has won three in three days.

Two came today, improbably leading the Bulldogs into the championship game of the SEC tournament.

Sundiata Gaines scored 20 points before fouling out and Georgia, playing its second game of the day, overcame a thin roster and little rest to stun Mississippi State 64-60 in the semifinals.

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 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.

The Bulldogs were only 4-12 in the league during the regular season and entered the tournament with coach Dennis Felton's job status in apparent jeopardy.

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