Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Syracuse Squeezes Past Georgia in Ot

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Syracuse Squeezes Past Georgia in Ot

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Eschewing the National Basketball Association draft last spring, John Wallace opted to work on his perimeter shooting and return to Syracuse for his senior season.

Those countless hours spent launching jumpers last summer paid off Friday night.

Wallace hit a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left, lifting Syracuse to a wild 83-81 overtime victory over Georgia in the semifinals of the NCAA West Regional.

"I've taken that shot a thousand times over the summer," Wallace said. "That's a shot you have to make. I felt I had a good look at the basket.

"I haven't been dropping it as of late, but you have to keep taking that shot."

Wallace, playing the final 17 minutes with four fouls, scored Syracuse's last 10 points in overtime.

His two free throws made it 75-75 with 2:06 left. Then he had a three-point play with 1:07 to go, a layup with 14.8 seconds left and, finally, the clincher from the top of the key.

The second-team AP All-American finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds. Teammate Otis Hill had 19 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with 48 seconds remaining in overtime.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said he "just took a gamble" bringing Wallace back in with 12:12 left in regulation. "We had to get back into it. At the end, we went to John every time. They couldn't play him with the little guys in there."

Georgia center Terrell Bell and forward Carlos Strong had fouled out by then.

Shandon Anderson led Georgia with 22 points and 13 rebounds, Katu Davis had 21 and Pertha Robinson added 19.

"You've got to hand it to John Wallace - he's a good one," Georgia coach Tubby Smith said. "And Otis Hill, too. That was what we were afraid of - their inside game - and they hurt us there.

"Our team gave all it had to give. We gave a tremendous effort to get back in the game in the second half. At the end, we were just outmanned without Carlos and Terrell. …

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