CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Isaiah Thomas #2 of the Washington Huskies goes up for a shot against Travis Leslie #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The Washington Huskies overcame a poor shooting perfomance in the first half to pull away from Georgia in the second behind the solid play of Isaiah Thomas who led the team with 19 points and seven assists. The Huskies played solid defense even when they weren't shooting well and that was the story of the game.
Washington fell behind by as many as seven in the first half before rallying to tie the score at 28 going into intermission. The Huskies increased the defensive tempo in the second half and started shooting the ball better. Washington built a ten point lead and was in control the rest of the way.
Washington converted 15 Georgia turnovers into 17 points and outscored the Bulldogs 15-4 on the fast break. The Huskies turned the ball over only five times all evening.
Georgia did rally in the final two minutes of the game and still had a chance to win on the last possession by hitting a three. Isaiah Thomas got his hand on a down court pass as time was running out but Travis Leslie was still able to get a shot off but it bounced away harmlessly off the glass and the Huskies had the win.
Next up for the Huskies is a face off against college basketball royalty with second seeded North Carolina on Sunday. The Tarheels advanced after defeating Long Island 102-87 in a game that was a little closer than the score indicated. The Heels better up the ante on defense if they are going to play up tempo with Washington.