ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Rayshaun Hammonds scored 17 points to lead Georgia to a decisive 78-48 win over Austin Peay Monday night.
Donnell Gresham added 11 points for Georgia, which got points from nine different Bulldogs.
Terry Taylor, the nation’s fourth-leading scorer, tallied 18 points for Austin Peay. Jordyn Adams added 15.
Georgia (9-3) out rebounded Austin Peay (6-7) 50-30 and shot a respectable 55 percent from the field.
Georgia started fast, sparked by six straight points from Toumani Camara, building a 10-2 lead in under four minutes.
Another 6-0 run, this time divided among three Bulldogs, resulted in a 16-4 lead at 14:30.
A reverse 3-point play by Jordan Harris — he missed the second free throw of two but followed with a putback — gave Georgia a 26-11 lead with 8:36 to go.
But after Sahvir Wheeler’s short jumper gave the Bulldogs a 28-15 lead with 7:05 to go, they scored only one more basket in the half, allowing the Governors to close the gap to 31-26. Jordyn Adams accounted for nine of Austin Peay’s points in the last seven minutes, including a finger-roll at the buzzer.
The Bulldogs closed out the last seven minutes making one of six field goals and turning the ball over four times in the last 104 seconds.
However, Georgia opened the second half with a 19-2 run to explode to a 50-28 lead with 12:12 to go. Gresham hit duplicate 3-pointers from the right corner to force a Governor timeout.
Meanwhile, Austin Peay showed no ability to score. The Governors missed 12 of their first 13 3-pointers and six of their first seven free throws. They finished three for 20 from behind the arc and 11 for 20 at the line.
Georgia: With presumed lottery pick Anthony Edwards relatively quiet, Georgia showed its other weapons as it looks to a marquee match up with Memphis and the subsequent Southeastern Conference schedule.
Austin Peay: The Governors have now lost eight straight road games, dating back to last season, and for the third time in four years finished the non-conference slate without a road win.
Austin Peay: The Governors open Ohio Valley Conference play when they host Southeast Missouri Jan. 2.
Georgia: The Bulldogs travel to Memphis Saturday for one final game before opening the Southeastern Conference schedule. The game is a made-for-TV match up meant to showcase Georgia’s Anthony Edwards and Memphis’ James Wiseman, widely regarded as the top two recruits in the country. But Wiseman played only one game before being suspended. Before the suspension was lifted, Wiseman announced he was hiring an agent and would look to the NBA draft next spring.