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Updated: Wednesday, November 27, 2002 11:36 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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Georgia Tech 83, (18) Georgia 77
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ATLANTA (Ticker) -- A painful charley horse could not prevent B.J. Elder from making the most important basket of the game.

Elder scored 24 points, including a fallaway 3-pointer with 1:47 remaining, as Georgia Tech rallied from an early 14-point deficit for an 84-77 victory over Georgia.

The sophomore swingman had to be helped off the court after landing awkwardly after making a turnover jumper with 5:28 remaining.

Elder's night appeared to be over, but he received treatment from Georgia Tech's trainers and checked back into the game with 2:59 left. His 3-pointer gave the Yellow Jackets (2-0) the lead for good at 79-77.

Elder grimaced as he fell to the court, holding his right thigh. Again he needed assistance to get to the bench and this time did not return.

But Georgia (1-2) turned the ball over on consecutive possessions, and Georgia Tech clinched the win by scoring its final four points from the foul line.

Elder helped rally the Yellow Jackets by making all four of his 3-pointers in the second half.

The contest continued a difficult early schedule for Georgia, which already lost to No. 3 Texas and visits No. 22 Minnesota on Saturday.

Jarvis Hayes scored 20 points and Ezra Williams added 18 for the Bulldogs, who opened the game with a 9-0 run and maintained a lead until midway through the second half.

After pulling within one on four occasions in the second half, the Yellow Jackets took their first lead, 63-61, on Chris Bosh's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 8:43 left.

In the final eight minutes, there were five lead changes and four ties. The final margin represented Georgia Tech's biggest lead.

Georgia took its last lead, 77-76, with 2:08 to go on a dunk by Damien Wilkins, the nephew of former Georgia star and NBA great Dominique Wilkins.

On the play, the younger Wilkins may have reminded Georgia fans of his famous uncle. He drew Bosh out of position with a head fake, then drove the left baseline for a slam.

But it turned out to be the last points for the Bulldogs, who had won their previous three meetings with the Yellow Jackets.

Freshman Jerrett Jack scored 16 points and Bosh added 15 and 10 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, who appeared on the verge of getting blown out in the first half.

A jumper by Jonas Hayes capped a 10-0 spurt that gave a Georgia 38-24 cushion with 4:50 left before intermission. Georgia Tech turned around the momentum in the final minutes of the first half.

Isma'il Muhammad's layup with 47 seconds to go pulled the Yellow Jackets within 42-36 at halftime. Georgia led by no more than seven in the second half.


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