Second-Half Explosion Leads Dogs Past Pepperdine

Harrick's Hounds defeated Pepperdine last night with a big second half.

MALIBU, Calif. ---- An 11-0 run to start the second half turned a close game into a blowout, as Georgia posted its ninth win in 10 games this season, a 91-74 win over Pepperdine here Monday night.

Jarvis Hayes led all scorers with 25 points, a season high for the sophomore forward. It was the play of reserve guard Tony Cole and the second-half shooting of Ezra Williams that turned this game in the Bulldogs' favor.

"I was really pleased with the way we played defense in the second half,"said Georgia coach Jim Harrick, who returned to the school he coached for nine seasons in the 1980s. "We got up in their faces and really caused problems for them in executing their offense. I think our defensive play gave us the confidence to play as well offensively as we did."

Leading 45-42 after a closely-contested first half, Georgia got consecutive jumpers from Williams to start the final period. On its next possession, Chris Daniels followed an offensive rebound by driving the lane and hitting a scoop shot that gave the Bulldogs a 51-42 lead.

The run continued after a Pepperdine time out, when Williams connected on a pair of foul shots and Hayes hit a telling 3-pointer with 17:28 left, putting Georgia ahead by a 56-42 count, its largest lead to that juncture of the game.

Twice the Waves cut their deficit to eight points, the final time on a Terrance Johnson tip-in that pulled them within 67-59 with 11:43 left. After a media time out, Williams countered with a 3-pointer from atop the key as the shot clock wound down. The Bulldogs then followed another Johnson bucket by scoring seven straight points, first on a layup by Ryan Pevey, the latter five by Hayes, who canned a trey and followed with a steal and dunk.

Cole helped keep the Georgia offense afloat in a first half during which the Bulldogs trailed by as many as four points. With starting point Rashad Wright in early foul trouble, he replaced him and scored nine first-half points, making three of five 3-point shots. He finished with a season-high 21 points.


Jarvis Hayes 9-18 2-2 25, Daniels 5-9 4-4 14, Thomas 0-4 0-0 0, Wright 0-0 0-1 0, Williams 7-13 2-4 19, Dean 0-0 0-0 0, Cole 5-9 6-6 21, Pevey 3-3 0-0 6, Patrick 0-1 2-2 2, Jonas Hayes 0-0 4-4 4. Totals 29-57 20-23 91.


Johnson 6-15 0-0 13, Miggins 7-15 2-2 17, Suitt 4-8 0-2 8, Montgomery 2-3 0-0 5, Lewis 4-13 1-4 10, McKinney 0-2 1-2 1, Colbert 1-2 2-2 4, Westphal 2-3 0-0 5, Brazzle 2-5 1-1 5, Kimble 2-3 202 6. Totals 30-69 9-15 74.

Halftime-Georgia 45, Pepperdine 42. 3-point goals-Georgia 13-23 (Cole, Hayes 5-8). Pepperdine 5-21 (Johnson 1-6). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Georgia 41 (Daniels 12). Pepperdine 29 (Suitt 5). Assists-Georgia 9 (Daniels 3). Pepperdine 17 (Lewis 6). Total fouls-Georgia 13, Pepperdine 19. Technicals-Georgia, Daniels. A-3,287.

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