ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - One year after blowing a big lead in a loss to Alabama, Georgia gave its fans another scare tonight before recovering to beat the Crimson Tide 61-54.
Billy Humphrey, who hit a key late 3-pointer, led the Bulldogs with 13 points. Freshman Jeremy Price added 11.
Georgia (10-5 overall, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) never trailed while building leads of 15 points in each half. But the Bulldogs saw Alabama close to within four points with 1:42 left before they recovered with six straight points, including a 3-pointer and two free throws by Humphrey.
Georgia lost 78-76 at Alabama last season after leading by 15 at halftime.
Alabama (11-7) is 0-3 in SEC games for the first time since 1998-99, when the Crimson Tide lost its first four conference games in coach Mark Gottfried's first season.
Richard Hendrix led Alabama with 19 points but made only 3 of 9 free throws. Mykal Riley and Brandon Hollinger each added 10.
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