Gaines leads Georgia past Grambling State
ATHENS, Ga. (AP)—Sundiata Gaines scored a career-high 27 points to lead Georgia to an 83-70 win over Grambling State on Wednesday night.
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 Tuesday for felony possession of a weapon. Humphrey started the season opener and scored 13 points. Corey Butler made his first career start in Humphrey’s place.
The Tigers hit 10 of 19 3-pointers and hung close throughout the game.
Grambling State led three times in the early minutes, the last time 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.
Terrance Woodbury added 11 points for Georgia. Prestley and Diaz scored 13 and 12, respectively, for the Tigers.
Humphrey attended the game and sat on the bench in a suit.