Georgia Tech's Richard named second-team academic all-American

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech junior defensive lineman Darryl Richard was named a second-team academic all-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday.

Richard is Georgia Tech's first academic all-American since punter Dan Dyke in 2002.

Richard already holds a degree in management with a 3.52 grade point average and is taking classes for his master's degree.

Richard is a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference academic honor roll member and 2006 ACC All-Academic team pick. He is the team representative on the Georgia Tech student-athlete advisory board.

Richard has 26 tackles and is fourth on the team with 10.5 tackles for loss. He is tied for fourth with 4.5 sacks.

Richard and senior center Kevin Tuminello previously were named academic all-district by CoSIDA.

Hawks pull away late for 96-80 win over Milwaukee

ATLANTA - Atlanta's bench provided the spark the Hawks needed to beat Milwaukee.

With each team playing for the second straight night, depth was crucial as Atlanta pulled away late and beat the Bucks 96-80 on Wednesday night, including a dominant 43-7 advantage in bench scoring.

'Our bench was great,' Hawks coach Mike Woodson said.

The Hawks recovered from a disappointing 90-78 loss at Chicago on Tuesday night in which they were outrebounded 60-37. Atlanta outrebounded Milwaukee 38-34.

'To come out and play the way we did tonight I think is a great sign of maturity,' said Joe Johnson, who led Atlanta with 21 points.

'It was good to see everybody get involved and make plays on both ends of the court.'

Humphrey's 6 treys lead Bulldogs

ATHENS - Out on the perimeter, Georgia was deadly.

Under the basket, the Bulldogs were anemic.

The Bulldogs rode a strong 3-point shooting effort by Billy Humphrey to a 58-47 win over Delaware State, overcoming a poor rebounding effort.

'No doubt when you shoot it well, it makes things easier,' said coach Dennis Felton.

Humphrey hit six 3-pointers to account for 18 points, and freshman Troy Brewer came off the bench to hit four treys in scoring 12 points for Georgia (4-1).

'I felt good in the shootaround,' Humphrey said. 'I felt I needed to be more aggressive. I put it in my mind that when I got open I was going to knock it down to the best of my ability.'

'Billy was hot, and I was looking for him,' said point guard Sundiata Gaines, who had eight of Georgia's 16 assists. 'Billy kept us in the game.'

Brewer did not play in Georgia's last two games, and his 12 points was five more than he had scored in his career so far.

'Actually, for a couple of games, I felt I had lost confidence in my shot,' he said.

Former UK star Beard dies at 79

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ralph Beard left the University of Kentucky's basketball program having won national championships in 1948 and '49 and with a reputation as one of the all-time greats on the hardwood.

Beard's promising professional basketball career only lasted two years, though, brought down in a point-shaving scandal that saw him and several of his former teammates barred from the NBA for life.

Beard, 79, died Thursday at his home in Louisville after a series of illnesses in recent years, said his son, Scott. Hours later, another former Kentucky player, Tommy Kron, 64, of Louisville, died of cancer. Kron, a two-time All-Southeastern Conference player, started for Kentucky in the 1960s.

Former teammate Wallace 'Wah Wah' Jones said Beard was a 'top-notch player in the country, the best guard I ever saw.

'I'd do anything in the world for him. He was just a regular guy. We all got along, had a lot of good times together.'

Beard was a three-time All-American guard for Kentucky in the 1940s when the Wildcats were beginning an ascent to college basketball's top tier under coach Adolph Rupp.