Arkansas State falls at Georgia 68-59

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Trey Thompkins scored 15 points to lead

Georgia to a 68-59 win over Arkansas State on Saturday.

Travis Leslie added 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds,

while Chris Barnes scored a season-high 12 for the Bulldogs (7-2).

Donald Boone scored 14 for Arkansas State (3-7), and Rashad

Allison scored 12.

The Red Wolves closed the margin to 25-24 with 7:54 remaining in

the first half on a basket by Malcoln Kirkland, but Arkansas State

would never pull ahead. Georgia answered with an 11-1 run en route

to a 36-27 halftime lead.

The Bulldog's biggest lead of the game came with 11:55 to go on

a layup by Leslie to make it 55-34.

Georgia was very efficient in the first eight minutes of the

game, scoring on its first seven possessions and on 12 of its first

14 to take a 23-15 lead.