GAINESVILLE, Florida (Ticker) -- Anthony Roberson somehow managed to one-up Jarvis Hayes.
Roberson drilled his seventh 3-pointer of the game at the buzzer to lift No. 12 Florida to a 66-63 Southeastern Conference victory over No. 24 Georgia.
Florida (13-2, 2-0 SEC East) set up for a final shot with 18 seconds left and Roberson took a handoff from Justin Hamilton, who set a screen for him. Roberson dribbled to his right and launched his shot over the outstretched arm of Hayes as time expired. It swished cleanly and Roberson was mobbed by his teammates.
"I took a rainbow shot and kept backing up to see if it was going to fall," Roberson said. "When it went through the net, everybody was running at me - I thought they were going to hurt me. I was just happy it went in."
"He made a great, great shot," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "He is just a great player making a great play."
Hayes nailed six 3-pointers, including four in the final minutes to rally Georgia (9-4, 1-1) from a 58-49 deficit. Hayes drilled 3-pointers on three straight possessions to forge a 58-58 tie.
"Toward the end of the game, my shots were falling," Hayes said. "I was in a good rhythm. If I had one more shot, I knew I was going to make it."
Hayes' final 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 63-61 lead with 57 seconds remaining before the Gators tied it on a follow slam by David Lee 12 seconds later. Georgia tried to set up a shot for Hayes, who was whistled for an offensive foul for crashing into Florida freshman Matt Walsh with 18 seconds to go.
That foul sent Georgia coach Jim Harrick into a tirade on the sidelines. Harrick had to be restrained from going after the officials by all three of his assistants.
"It was a great game," Harrick said. "When it came down to the end, they just came away with the win. We played a good team tonight."
The Gators have won nine straight and snapped the Bulldogs' eight-game winning streak. Florida, which has won 12 straight at home, snapped a two-game home losing streak to Georgia.
Roberson led Florida with 23 points. The freshman reserve has come through in the clutch before for the Gators, including a game at Maryland on December 14 in which he also nailed a key late 3-pointer.
It was the second time that Georgia was beaten by a tie-breaking 3-pointer at the buzzer. Michael Bauer drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 72-69 victory for Minnesota on November 30.
Lee collected 16 points and 10 rebounds and Matt Bonner also netted 16 points for Florida, which shot 56 percent (14-of-25) in the second half. The Gators also held a 38-22 edge in points in the paint.
"I came into this team really trying to concentrate on rebounding because that is the best way that I can contribute to my team," Lee said. "Tonight we were able to go inside a little bit and I was able to make a few shots."
"I thought Lee was very strong today," Harrick said. "I think he may have been the difference in the game."
Hayes led all scorers with 25 points, including a 6-of-8 performance from beyond the arc. Ezra Williams and Jonas Hayes, Jarvis' twin brother, each chipped in with 10 points.
"Obviously, Jarvis Hayes comes back against our zone and makes some big-time shots," Donovan said. "Some of the shots he made were really incredible. That is what great players do."
A jumper by Jonas Hayes gave Georgia a 47-40 lead as the Bulldogs had control of most of the second half. Bonner scored 10 points and Roberson drained a 3-pointer to cap a 16-0 run for a 56-47 advantage with 4:55 remaining.
Georgia point guard Rashad Wright had nine points and eight assists. But frontcourt starters Steve Thomas and Chris Daniels each made 2-of-7 shots for four points.
Walsh, the team's leading scorer at 15.9 points per game, managed just six points on 3-of-9 shooting. It was his second straight poor effort after scoring four in a victory at Mississippi State on Wednesday.