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Thompkins, Georgia beat Auburn 69-51 in SEC opener

One day after proclaiming himself "more healthy than I've ever been," Trey Thompkins scored 22 points to lead Georgia past Auburn 69-51 on Thursday in the opening game of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Georgia (21-10) has a chance to again bolster its NCAA tournament hopes when it faces Alabama, the Western Division's No. 1 seed, in Friday's SEC quarterfinals.

Thompkins, a 6-foot-10 junior, is ranked among the SEC leaders with his averages of 15.8 points and 7.6 rebounds despite battling ankle, shin and toe injuries. He said Wednesday he is "100 percent, ready to go" for the postseason. He added 10 rebounds to help support his claim.

Chris Denson, a freshman from Columbus, led Auburn (11-20) with a career-high 21 points.