November 20, 2007

Humphrey sparks Dogs

The return of Billy Humphrey to the Georgia basketball team couldn't have come at a better time.

Just hours after being reinstated by head coach Dennis Felton, Humphrey scored a team-high 18 points to lead the Bulldogs past Elon Tuesday night at Stegeman Coliseum, 76-65.

"I'm just glad to get back with my teammates and my Georgia basketball family," Humphrey said. "It's been a little bit stressful. I tried not to let it play a role on me as far as being a distraction. I just tried to help keep my teammates as positive as possible because I knew it was going to turn out for the better."

It didn't take Humphrey long to make an impression.

Not quite a minute after coming into the game at the 17:41 mark, Humphrey scored 12 of his team's first 14 points on a trio of 3-pointers, including a 4-point play, as Georgia jumped to a 14-6 lead.

"There's no doubt he gave us a tremendous spark as soon as he came into the game," Felton said. "His 4-point play was his first. I was really happy for him, but I was also happy for us because he really enabled us to stretch the lead in the first half."

It was satisfying effort for Humphrey, who was suspended last week after he was charged with felony weapons possession when he was arrested by university police last week for a having a knife on campus with a blade longer than two inches long.

University rules stipulate that on-campus students cannot have a blade longer than two inches.

Humphrey said he had his suspension lifted by Felton because he agreed to enter a pre-trial diversion program, agreed to by his attorney and the Clarke County district attorney.

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