HONOLULU - Ezra Williams scored eight points during a 17-6 second-half run that gave Georgia a 21-point lead, but the Bulldogs had to hang on to turn back Miami of Ohio, 64-59, on Friday night to advance to the championship game of the Rainbow Classic against Hawaii.
The run built a 47-26 advantage and Georgia (11-1) appeared to be ready to cruise to its sixth straight win. However, the RedHawks (3-5), who upset No. 10 Boston College in the first round, got back into the game behind the work of Juby Johnson.
The sophomore guard sparked a 19-9 spurt with 11 straight points on three 3-pointers and a pair of free throws to cut the margin to nine with 6:51 left. Then, his basket with 24 seconds left made it 62-59.
Rashad Wright sealed the win for the Bulldogs with a pair free throws.
Williams finished with 17 points and Jarvis Hayes added 14 points for Georgia. Johnson finished with 14 points and Alex Shorts 12 for Miami.
Shorts hit his first two shots of the game, but Georgia responded with the next nine points to take the lead for good.
The RedHawks cut the lead to 17-14, but the Bulldogs went off on a 13-5 run, with Williams knocking down a pair of 3-pointers, to give them a 30-19 lead at the midway mark.