ATHENS, Georgia (Ticker) -- Ezra Williams scored 20 points and Jarvis Hayes added 18 as Georgia used a strong transition game to hand second-ranked Pittsburgh its first loss of the season, 79-67.
Williams made just 5-of-14 shots, but all of his baskets came from nine attempts from beyond the arc. Georgia offset Pittsburgh's interior dominance by shooting 57 percent (8-of-14) from 3-point range.
Hayes scored 11 points in the first half, when Georgia (8-3) built a 37-28 lead that it never relinquished. The Bulldogs had seven steals in the first 20 minutes, when Pittsburgh committed 15 turnovers.
Rashad Wright added 12 points and seven assists for Georgia, which has won seven straight since a 72-69 defeat at Minnesota on November 30. Wright also did an excellent defensive job on Brandin Knight, limiting the Big East co-Player of the Year to 4-of-17 shooting.
Carl Krauser and Onterrio Lett each scored 14 points for Pittsburgh (9-1), which had won the first nine games of the season for the first time since 1987-88.
Knight was the only other Panther in double figures with 10 points and forward Julius Page went 0-for-6 from the floor and pulled down only one rebound in 30 minutes.
The Panthers used a 7-1 spurt to close within, 59-53, when Knight made a layup with 7:45 to play. But Wright answered with a jumper in the paint 15 seconds later and the Panthers got no closer.
After making 13-of-25 shots in the first half, Georgia was even better in the final 20 minutes as it hit 14-of-22.
Knight made just 2-of-10 from behind the arc, where the Panthers were below 23 percent (4-of-18).