ATHENS, Georgia (Ticker) -- Ezra Williams made seven 3-pointers without a miss and scored 25 points, leading Georgia to an 89-63 rout of No. 25 Louisiana State in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Williams keyed an impressive shooting display for the Bulldogs, who converted 11-of-17 3-pointers and shot 55 percent from the field (31-of-56). In the second half, Georgia shot 61.5 percent, making 16-of-26 shots.
Williams, Georgia's second-leading scorer at just under 17 points per game, made 8-of-14 shots overall, although he was just 2-of-6 from the foul line.
Making a bid to get back into the top 25, the Bulldogs (9-3, 1-0 SEC East) have reeled off eight straight victories since a 1-3 start. On December 31, they handed No. 2 Pittsburgh its first loss of the season.
Georgia broke open the game in the second half, outscoring LSU, 54-31, after settling for a 35-32 halftime lead. The Bulldogs pulled away while starters Chris Daniels and Steve Thomas were on the bench with four fouls.
Jarvis Hayes added 20 points for the Bulldogs, who matched their longest winning streak since December 1996, when they were coached by Tubby Smith. Daniels chipped in with 11 and Jonas Hayes added 10 off the bench.
Jamie Lloreda scored 17 points for LSU (9-2, 0-1 SEC West), while Ronald Dupree added 16 and 10 rebounds. Torris Bright contributed 11 points.
LSU came into the contest with a seven-game winning streak, including a victory over then-No. 1 Arizona on December 21.
But the Tigers shot just 42 percent (21-of-50). LSU hit only 4-of-16 3-pointers and also missed 10-of-27 free throws.