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‘Dawgs swat Jackets behind big night from Hammonds

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NCAA Basketball: Georgia Tech at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia rode a 10-0 run into halftime, then played a solid half of team basketball to secure their fifth straight win over the visiting Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 82-78.

Rayshaun Hammonds played another outstanding game including a torrid start, scoring 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting in the first half. Hammonds finished with 26 points and is the first Bulldogs in at least eight years to average 15 points and 10 rebounds through the Dawgs’ first four games.

He was joined in the second half by freshman Anthony Edwards, whose 14 second half points helped stretch a 35-27 halftime lead to as many as 16. Tech’s Moses Wright responded with 16 second half points of his own to help keep the Jackets in the game, and leading scorer Michael Devoe swished a pair of three pointers in the last ten seconds of game time to get the margin into single digits.

The Bulldogs now have their longest win streak over the Engineers since a seven game win streak stretching from 1980 to 1983. Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner still hasn’t beaten Georgia in his time on the Flats, sporting an 0-4 record. You hate to see it.

The Red and Black will next face Dayton on Monday in their opening game in the Maui Invitational. The Flyers are #53 in the KenPom rankings, the most highly regarded team the ‘Dawgs have faced thus far. Win that one, and these young pups might in fact start attracting some attention. Until later....

Go ‘Dawgs!!!