ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Billy Humphrey scored 23 points and Georgia claimed state bragging rights with an ugly win, holding off Georgia Tech 79-72 Wednesday night.
Georgia (9-4) maintained the home-court advantage that has prevailed in this rivalry, winning its 12th straight over the Yellow Jackets (7-7) at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia Tech's last win in Athens was November 26th, 1976. The Yellow Jackets trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half, but fought back for a 51-51 tie on Lewis Clinch's driving basket with just over 10 minutes remaining.
Georgia quickly regained control with seven straight points, sparked by Corey Butler's 3-pointer. The Yellow Jackets got it back to 68-66 with two-and-a-half minutes left, but Jeremis Smith missed a couple of free throws that could have tied it.
Dave Bliss made two foul shots at the other end, and Butler hit another big 3 to put it away. Sundiata Gaines added 16 points for Georgia, while Butler had 11. Maurice Miller led Georgia Tech with 15.