Tigers season ends in the SEC Tournament

The Auburn Tigers season ends with a 69-51 loss in the SEC opening round against Georgia.

Chris Denson, a freshman from Columbus, led Auburn (11-20) with a career-high 21 points. He was Auburn's only scorer in double figures.

Auburn couldn't sustain a comeback in the second half.

"We couldn't get stops and rebounds," said Kenny Gabriel, who averaged 20 points and nine rebounds in Auburn's two wins last week but had only seven points and three rebounds against Georgia.

One of Georgia's big forwards, Jeremy Price, had 22 points and 14 rebounds in the Bulldogs' 81-72 overtime win over Auburn on Feb. 5. Price had eight points and six rebounds in only 22 minutes on Thursday.

Backup forward Chris Barnes added eight points.

Travis Leslie had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Gerald Robinson added 11 points for Georgia, which took a 39-27 advantage in rebounds and a 19-7 edge in second-chance points.

Auburn closed its regular season with back-to-back comeback wins over Mississippi and LSU, overcoming double-digit deficits in each game.

The Tigers were in their familiar comeback mode from the opening minutes against Georgia, which scored the first five points and never trailed.