Sahvir Wheeler, a freshman from Houston, Texas, scored on a driving layup with 1.9 seconds left in the second overtime to propel the Georgia Bulldogs to an 87-85 win over the Southern Methodist University Mustangs on Friday night in Stegeman Coliseum.
Wheeler drove from the top of the key through two SMU defender on the left side of the lane before banking in the game-winner. Wheeler also scored with 24 seconds remaining in the first overtime to push the contest another five minutes.
Junior Rayshaun Hammonds paced Georgia in both scoring and rebounds, tallying 21 and 11 respectively to record the fifth double-double of his career and third of the season. Two other Bulldogs ended the night in double-figures, including freshman sensation Anthony Edwards (16) and senior Tyree Crump (12). Behind Hammonds, freshman Toumani Camara grabbed a career-high six boards. Wheeler equaled his career high with eight assists to go along with nine points.
Comparing the two teams, the Bulldogs shot a higher percentage in all three categories. Georgia also out performed SMU in second-chance points, 22-19, proving to play a key role in the victory.
“We don’t win this game without this crowd,” Head Coach Tom Crean said. “We do not win this game without this incredible, passionate, stick-with-us, not let us drop crowd. I reminded the players a few times that we’re sitting here in basically a sold-out game, and these fans are not giving up on you, so don’t give up on yourself. I’m extremely proud of how we found a way to win, and I’m unbelievably thankful for our fans.”