Final 2OT

(3) Georgia Tech 80

(12-1, 3-1 away)

Georgia 83

(8-3, 8-1 home)

    3:00 PM ET, January 3, 2004

    Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia

    1 2 OT 2OT T
    #3GT 32 36 12 80
    UGA 36 32 15 83

    Hayes carries Bulldogs in second OT

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Late in the second overtime, with Georgia clinging to a slim lead, Jonas Hayes looked over at his twin brother, Jarvis, who was sitting in the stands for the first time this season.

    "He asked me if I was tired," Jonas Hayes said. "I said, 'Not really,' but, man, I was tired."

    His fatigue hardly showed.

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

    Jarvis Hayes, a guard with the Washington Wizards, was honored before the game, part of Georgia's tradition of bringing back former basketball lettermen. He sat courtside in a Herschel Walker throwback jersey.

    "I'm so happy for him and those guys," he said after the game, as he signed autographs. "I can't stop smiling."

    Jonas 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.

    "I think this is a momentum builder for us," Jonas Hayes said. "It says a lot about our character. We just held together as a team."

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

    "We knew they were going to fight for this one," Bynum said. "They're a tough team, and they did what they had to do at the end of the game."

    With his parents also in the stands, Jonas Hayes made 9 of 17 shots to better his career best by five points. He had 20 twice earlier this season.

    "Maybe having Jarvis here is a good luck charm," Jonas Hayes said. "I'll have to see if I can get him to more games."

    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.

    "I think Georgia Tech was playing the best basketball in the country coming into this game, but before the game, I told the players Georgia Tech doesn't really matter to us," Bulldogs coach Dennis Felton said. "This game was just a matter of us finding the discipline to player terrifically consistently."

    The Bulldogs won despite only three points off the bench, all on a 3-pointer early in the game by Buzz Wehunt. Freshman starter Stukes had seven, and the rest of the points were scored by the seniors that rounded out the lineup.

    "We're obviously not a deep team," Wilkins said. "But we're going to learn as we go. I think we'll be OK."

    The last lead for Georgia Tech in regulation came with 2:06 left 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.

    "I though Georgia was more aggressive than us early on," Yellow Jackets coach Paul Hewitt said. "We did a good job of fighting back after about 10 minutes, but by then they were already in the game."

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