ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Sundiata Gaines scored a career-high 27 points to lead Georgia to an 83-70 win over Grambling State tonight. Gaines also led the Bulldogs (2-0) with seven rebounds and six assists. Anthony Williams scored 16 to lead Grambling State (0-2).
Georgia played without starting guard Billy Humphrey, suspended under athletic department policy after he was arrested for felony possession of a weapon.
The Tigers hit 10 of 19 three-pointers and hung close throughout the game. Grambling State led three times in the early minutes. The last time was at 12-11 after Anthony Williams nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing with 15:14 to go in the half.
But freshman Chris Barnes ignited a 6-0 run by Georgia with a pair of free throws and a dunk for a 17-12 lead. Three 3-pointers by Gaines and Zac Swansey helped Georgia stay up on the Tigers. But it was a 15-6 run that boosted the Bulldogs to a 45-30 lead with 3:18 to go in the half.
Grambling State outscored Georgia 12-3 as the half ended. Andrew Prestley scored seven doe the Tigers during that stretch. Grambling State trailed only 75-68 with 3:38 to play after Duran Diaz hit a 3-pointer, but Georgia scored five straight points and milked the clock to protect the lead.