Gonzaga Falls To Georgia, 95-83

Dec. 15, 2002

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AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA - Jarvis Hayes scored 29 points, including 14 in a torrid first half in which Georgia shot 50 percent and took a 22-point lead on its way to beating Gonzaga 95-83 Sunday in the Peach Bowl Classic.

With Georgia (4-3) leading 35-24, Hayes scored nine points in a 15-4 Georgia run in the final 4:47 for a 50-28 lead at halftime.

The Bulldogs, winning their third straight, had four other players in double figures. Ezra Williams added 21, Richard Wehunt came off the bench to add 13 - all in the first half - and Chris Daniels had 11 and Jonas Hayes 10.

Ronny Turiaf led Gonzaga (5-3) with 20 points. Richard Fox added 15 and Tony Skinner had 14. The Bulldogs' leading scorer Blake Stepp had only four points in 26 minutes. He made only two of seven shots from the field.

Gonzaga played better in the second half but never got closer than seven points and that came in the closing minutes. A basket by Fox got the Bulldogs within 83-76 with 2:22 remaining but never got any closer.

Williams, Georgia's leading scorer, also had 14 points in the first half along with the 13 by Wehunt as the Bulldogs shot 20-for-40 in the opening 20 minutes.

Wehunt, who had played in only four previous games and scored nine points total, got to play 18 minutes, 11 in the first half. He was given the chance to play when backup guard Michael Dean quit the team earlier in the week.

Georgia wound up connecting on 53 percent of their shots (36-for-68). Gonzaga shot 52 percent (29-for-56) after shooting only 40 percent (12-for-30) in the opening half.

Gonzaga missed its first 10 3-point attempts of the game before running off five in a row. Gonzaga went 0-for-9 from beyond the arc in the first half. Kyle Bankhead got the first Gonzaga trey with 8:24 remaining, his first of three in a row that cut a 72-54 Georgia lead to 74-63 with 7:15 remaining.



After Turiaf made 5-of-6 free throws in a two minute stretch, Skinner hit from long range from the left side on back-to-back three pointers to cut the lead to 83-74 with 2:52 to go. Gonzaga finished 8-for-24 from 3-point range.

Gonzaga extended its streak of games with a 3-pointer to 306 straight. The last time Gonzaga failed to make a 3-pointer was in an 0-for-5 night at home against Portland on Jan. 27, 1993.

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