Originally created 12/10/97

Dogs bounce back; whip Colorado



BOULDER, Colo. -- G.G. Smith hit two layups to trigger a Georgia rally in the final two minutes, and the No. 23 Bulldogs held off upset-minded Colorado 84-73 on Tuesday night.

Smith had 17 of his 20 points in the second half, including six as the Bulldogs (6-2) scored the final 13 points of the game. That flurry erased a 73-71 deficit.

Georgia moved to a 55-45 lead with 14:52 left, but Colorado (4-3) responded with an 11-0 run. Smith and Colorado's Kenny Price, who finished with 21 points, traded 3-pointers, and the lead see-sawed down the stretch.

Colorado's Charlie Melvin scored inside for a 73-71 lead with 2:43 left, but Smith scooped up a loose ball after a Georgia miss and made a tying layup with 2:19 left.

He hit a fastbreak layup with 1:44 left, and teammate Derrick Dukes made it 78-73 on a 3-pointer with 1:05 to go.

Lorenzo Hall and Ray Harrison each had 12 points for Georgia. Ronnie DeGray added 14 for Colorado.

Each team led by as many as six points in the first half, with Colorado taking an early 7-1 lead and Georgia scoring the last seven points of the half for a 42-36 lead at intermission.

Hall muscled inside for two baskets early in the second half, and Smith made a 3-pointer as Georgia took a 49-40 lead.

Michael Chadwick's basket gave the Bulldogs a 10-point lead with 14:52 left, but Colorado then scored 11 straight points. DeGray had eight points in the flurry, including a pair of three-point plays, and Will Smith's 14-footer gave the Buffaloes a 56-55 lead with 12:21 left.

The game started 15 minutes late because officials were delayed by a snowstorm.