ATLANTA — Auburn will need some second-half magic to keep its season going.
The Tigers trail Georgia 34-23 at halftime in the SEC tournament opener at the Georgia Dome.
The Bulldogs (20-10), who are playing to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive, used an 18-4 run near the end of the first half. Georgia led by as many as 15.
Center Trey Thompkins has a game-high 14 points to go with 7 rebounds. UGA has a 24-14 rebounding advantage, with 13 offensive rebounds.
Reserve guard Chris Denson, from Columbus, leads Auburn (11-19) with 9 points.
The Tigers shot 39 percent in the first half (11-for-28) but were 0-for-7 from 3-point range.
The game's winner will play Alabama tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET.