“I had to step up and make the play,” said Wright. “Coach yelled ‘blue’ and I knew that I needed to get the shot off.”
Blue is Georgia’s code word for the shot clock running down. Wright’s game-winning shot was his first and only field goal of the night.
That’s surprising considering that Wright is Georgia’s leading scorer. “I was having an off night but I had to step up and did.”
“People are going to focus on him because he is shooting so well,” said Georgia’s Dennis Felton. “I think that he shot himself out of rhythm tonight but he hit the shot when we needed it.”
Georgia, now 6-2 on the young season, needed good defense from freshman Buzz Wehunt and a favorable call at the end of the game to clinch the win. “Buzz came in and played well,” said Wright.
The main reason that Georgia was struggling was USA’s press.
“We didn’t execute against the press and that played a big factor in the game,” said Felton. The Dawgs struggled to move the ball across the timeline all game long and the Jags converted Georgia’s 15 turnovers into 19 points.
“Nothing is going to be easy,” said Jonas Hayes. His coach agreed: “I’m just happy to get the win,” said Felton.