The Badgers (5-0), who trailed in the second half for the first time this season, scored 31 of the game’s final 37 points over the last 12-plus minutes of action.
Hughes, a sophomore point guard in his first season as a starter, led Wisconsin in scoring for the fourth time in five games despite a poor shooting night. He connected on just 6 of 19 shots from the floor, and only 3-of-11 from 3-point range.
The Badgers had a miserable showing from the field in the first half, shooting just 25 percent (7-of-28) as the Bulldogs built a 32-23 lead at the break.
But Wisconsin made its first five shots in the second half, coming out of the locker room with an 11-0 run. Hughes made a 3-pointer and two lay-ups during the spurt.
The Bulldogs recovered to take a 43-37 lead, but missed 15 of its next 18 shots as the Badgers pulled away. Georgia shot a paltry 20 percent (6-of-30) in the second half.
Terrance Woodbury was the only player to score in double figures for the Bulldogs with 14 points.
Wisconsin’s poor shooting in the first half was exacerbated by a slew of turnovers. The Badgers lost possession 10 times in the first 20 minutes, but took better care of the ball in the second half with only three giveaways.
Georgia struggled with foul trouble throughout the game. The Bulldogs were whistled for 25 fouls while the Badgers had 10. Wisconsin took advantage, canning 21 of 28 free-throw attempts. Georgia only attempted six foul shots.
Michael Flowers scored 16 points and Joe Krabbenhoft added 13 points and 5 assists for the Badgers.