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Strong first half key in Georgia's win

ATLANTA (AP) -- Although he called it "a tale of two halves,"
Jarvis Hayes played flawlessly for all 40 minutes.

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.

Gonzaga outscored the Bulldogs 55-45 in the second half, but it
was just not enough.

"We jumped on them pretty good. They played really well in the
second half. They made it tough," Hayes said.

"That's about as good as we've played all year,'' said Georgia
coach Jim Harrick. "They've (Gonzaga) got a lot of pride. I knew
they were going to make a run at us. We're not 22 points better
than them."

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.

"They did a good job of following me all over the court," said
Stepp, who came in averaging 21.7 points per game and 28.5 in his
last four. "It just seemed like wherever I went, they were right
behind me. It's nothing I haven't seen before. I just wasn't making
the plays."

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.

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