Swansey Still Beating Buzzers
Zach Swansey
Dawg Post
Posted Jan 21, 2011

Zac Swansey was up to his old game winning ways again Thursday night.

With Tennessee Tech and Austin Peay tied in the waning moments of Thursday night's Ohio Valley Conference matchup, Swansey cooly dribbled up court and drilled a 3-pointer with less than a second left on the clock.

For Georgia fans, Swansey’s last second heroics to lift Tennessee Tech to the victory created a familiar scene.

There was Swansey, pulling up off the dribble, his shot eventually netting him the top spot on SportsCenter’s Top Plays of the Day.

The shot was eerily similar to two moments Swansey provided in Georgia’s recent history.

The former Bulldogs guard hit a turnaround game-winning 3-pointer in overtime to beat Kentucky in the 2008 SEC Tournament.

That shot was the highlight of Georgia’s improbable run to the NCAA Tournament.

A year later, Swansey won another game at the buzzer, knocking off Wofford with a long 3-point shot as time expired.

Safe to say, Swansey finds the bottom of the net when it matters most. And those big shots are moments from his time spent in Athens he looks back on fondly, he said.

“I enjoyed every second I spent in Athens,” Swansey said. “There were some ups and downs, but I wouldn't change them for the world. I met some great people and some people who had a big influence on my life. I have always had, and will continue to have a spot for the Bulldog nation. It was (Georgia) that gave me an opportunity to play at the highest level, and I am very thankful for that.”

Swansey decided to transfer following the 2009 season, almost two weeks before coach Mark Fox accepted the job as Bulldogs’ head coach. He landed at Tennessee Tech, and after sitting out last season due to transfer rules Swansey is averaging 8.6 points and 7.1 assists per game.

“I am looking forward to being the guy that leads us to an OVC championship and an NCAA berth,” Swansey, a native of Dunwoody, said. “I have improved many aspects of my game since last year and can not wait to exploit them the next couple years.”

Looking back on the way things played out, Swansey says he’s happy with the twists and turns his basketball career has taken to this point. He still keeps in contact with players on Georgia’s roster, especially senior forwards Jeremy Price and Chris Barnes. And now he’s making noise with his timely antics once again.

“I do not regret leaving Georgia,” he said. “I had a great two years, including going to the NCAA tourney. There really was no one reason I left Georgia. It was a decision that I had to make for my future in the game of basketball, and I have no regrets.”

And no matter the circumstances—or the stage—it seems Swansey continues to rise to the winning occasion. He has one more year of eligibility remaining after this season and clearly states his goals.

“I am going to use these next two years to be the best person and player that I can be and make the best of it,” he said. “I believe that I have put myself in a great situation here at Tennessee Tech under head coach Mike Sutton to advance my career.”

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