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MBB: Georgia edges SMU in double OT thriller

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In a double-overtime thriller, the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the SMU Mustangs 87-85 on the hardwood Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum. 

Rayshaun Hammonds led the Bulldogs in scoring with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 assists. Anthony Edwards added 16 points as he got hot towards the end of the game, and he had five rebounds with three assists. Tyree Crump was the third Bulldog in double-digits with 12 points as they all came on 3-pointers (4of 9). 

Shooting wise, Georgia struggled early but finished strong shooting 45.2% (33 of 73) from the field. They also were impressive from the free-throw line as they shot 75% (9 of 12) compared to SMU’s 58.3% (7 of 12).

In his first game back this season, senior guard Jordan Harris came up clutch tonight. He only had nine points, but they all came in big moments. 

“Jordan obviously has a lot of experience,” said Sahvir Wheeler when asked about Jordan Harris at the post-game press conference. “In these types of games, his wisdom on the sidelines is second to none. We’re so young, and him Tyree (Crump), Donnell (Gresham Jr.) and Rayshaun (Hammonds) here, all share their knowledge with us. For us to get, and apply it to our game is big time.” 

Wheeler had a big night as well as he hit the eventual game-winning shot on a give-and-go layup. Wheeler had nine points and eight impressive assists. He seems to be the point guard that Georgia has needed in year’s past. 

“Sahvir made a great read on that drive,” said Tom Crean after the game. “With close games like this against good teams like SMU, I think it’s a confidence builder, and it can impact us going down the road.” 

 Toumani Camara  celebrates after  Savhir Wheeler  (foreground) hits the game-winner
Toumani Camara celebrates after Savhir Wheeler (foreground) hits the game-winner

For such a young team, it seems like with a win like this that Georgia is gaining momentum heading into conference play where they will play better teams than SMU. Crean was very thankful for the crowd that showed up for the game too. 

“Our big win at home is great, but I’ve got to thank the fan base for showing up and being loud all game long,” said Crean. “I mean they came for a great game and I appreciate them staying throughout the entire time. I know there’s only a few tickets left for our game against Georgia Southern. I expect them to be loud Monday as well.” 

Georgia takes on the Georgia Southern Eagles on Monday at 7 p.m. 

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