ATLANTA (AP) _ Tiit Sokk closed out the first half with the go-ahead basket and and opened the second with a 3-pointer as the Soviet Union's national team beat Georgia Tech 87-78 in an exhibition basketball game Thursday night.

After the two teams traded leads for most of the first half, Sokk rebounded a missed shot and scored to give the Soviets a 42-40 halftime lead.

After Sokk's 3-pointer to open the second half, guard Sharunas Marchulenis scored on a jumper and forward Alexsandr Volkov added a breakaway dunk and two free throws to put the Soviets up by 11.

The Soviets never trailed again, although Georgia Tech pulled within two with 11:42 remaining on a free throw by sophomore forward Brian Oliver, who led all scorers with 23.

Marchulenis finished with 20 points and nine rebounds. Volkov had 16 points. Center Alexsandr Belosteni pulled down 11 rebounds, scored 10 points and blocked six shots. Forward Rimas Kurtinaiytis got 14 points. Sokk finished with seven points.

Georgia Tech also got 16 points from freshman guard Michael Christian, 15 from freshman forward Dennis Scott and 12 from guard-forward Anthony Sherrod.

About 35 people picketed outside Georgia Tech's Alexander Memorial Coliseum during the game. The protesters, led by members of the Atlanta Jewish Federation, said there are 400,000 Jews who want to leave the Soviet Union but are not being allowed to.