Georgia shocks No. 3 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech has not won in Athens since 1976.


Georgia Tech's Jarrett Jack takes a shot as Georgia's Marcus Sikes defends Saturday in Athens, Ga.

The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, January 4, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 4, 2004 at 12:42 a.m.

ATHENS, Ga. - Jonas Hayes had four of his career-high 25 points in the second overtime and added 10 rebounds, helping Georgia upset No. 3 Georgia Tech 83-80 Saturday.

Hayes missed two free throws that would have given the Bulldogs (8-3) a four-point lead with 20.7 seconds left in the second OT, but Jarrett Jack missed a layup on the other end.

The rebound fell into the lap of Georgia's Chris Daniels, who was sitting on the floor, and he passed to Levi Stukes. He was fouled and made one free throw, and B.J. Elder missed a long, desperation 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

After it was over, fans mobbed the Georgia players at halfcourt in celebration.

Georgia Tech's Will Bynum forced the second extra period with a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in the first one.

The Yellow Jackets (12-1) lost for the first time, snapping a school-record streak to start the season. They haven't won in Athens since 1976.

Elder had 25 for Georgia Tech and Bynum added a season-high 15 off the bench.

Perhaps motivated by an appearance by his twin brother, Jarvis, a guard for the Washington Wizards, Jonas Hayes made 9 of 17 shots to better his career best by five points. He had 20 twice earlier this season.

Georgia, coming off a 21-point loss to No. 16 Pittsburgh earlier this week, led almost throughout. Damien Wilkins had 18 points and Rashad Wright scored 16 for the Bulldogs.

The last lead for Georgia Tech came with 2:06 left in regulation on a 3-pointer by Elder, and Daniels tied it at 68 with a putback.

Clarence Moore missed a wide-open 3 at the end of regulation that would have won it for Georgia Tech.

  • NO. 22 VANDERBILT 95, TCU 60: Jason Holwerda had 15 points to lead five Commodore players in double figures for their 11th straight win. Vanderbilt's only other 11-0 start was 33 years ago. Host TCU (4-7), coached by former Vanderbilt and Kansas assistant Neil Dougherty, will go from its biggest loss into the Conference USA opener Wednesday night against St. Louis.

  • NO. 24 MISSISSIPPI ST. 68, ARK.-LITTLE ROCK 58: Lawrence Roberts scored 11 points in a 23-6 Mississippi State run and made key free throws and rebounds in the final minute to lift the Bulldogs over host Arkansas-Little Rock. Mississippi State (11-0) overcame sloppy play to match its best start ever. The Bulldogs also were 11-0 two years ago and in 1957-58. Arkansas-Little Rock fell to 6-6.

  • ARKANSAS 96, NORTH TEXAS 61: Arkansas (8-3) scored the most points they've ever put up under coach Stan Heath in a victory over North Texas (4-7).

  • XAVIER 68, ALABAMA 47: Anthony Myles scored a career-high 19 points and the Musketeers (8-4) held the Crimson Tide (8-3) to its lowest scoring total in 23 games and snapped their six-game winning streak.

  • TENNESSEE 74, MASSACHUSETTS 66: Scooter McFadgon was the leading scorer for the Volunteers (8-1) with 22 points. Host Massachusetts (5-6) led 27-26 at halftime, but soon fell victim to the Tennessee pressure defense in the second half.

  • MISSISSIPPI 65, EAST CAROLINA 49: Justin Reed scored 27 points as the host Rebels (8-3) won their sixth consecutive game. Reed, who missed much of the second half because of foul trouble, was 10-for-16 from the field and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Corey Rouse led the Pirates (8-2) with 12 points.

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