Jim Harrick knew that his team was in for a challenge Saturday in Baton Rouge against LSU. In fact he related it to a trip to the dentist's office.
"It was a root canal game."
Georgia escaped Baton Rouge with a win when guard Rashad Wright hit a 19-foot jumper to give Georgia a 55-54 win over LSU. The win moved Georgia into a first place tie with both Florida and Kentucky with only two games remaining in the regular season.
"I was disappointed that we shot in the 50s. And I did not like our speed or quickness" said Harrick of his team's offensive production. "But down the stretch, the five starters all did something. Ezra made a big time three, Rashad hit the winning shot. Boy was that a big shot. And Daniels did a great job on Dupree."
After Wright hit the go ahead jumper with 22 seconds to play, Chris Daniels made the game winning defensive stop on LSU's Ronald Dupree. Daniels forced Dupree to lose control of the ball and a split second later Daniels' defensive play forced Dupree to lose the ball out of bounds. The play secured Georgia's 20th win of the season and 9th in the SEC.
Harrick was also disappointed in the lack of free throw attempts that Georgia had. "We just never got to the foul line." Georgia only attempted 5 free throws in the game, all coming in the second half.
Harrick also said that he was pleased with the fire that Ezra Williams has been playing with of late.
"I got on Ezra a little for getting schooled on the defensive side of the ball and right after that he came down and hit a big three. I like that kind of attitude."
Harrick remarked that he was impressed with the way that Williams and the rest of the starting five has played all season long and talked about the reason that the starters play so many minutes each game.
"These are tough games and any mistakes hurt. They have been very consistent all season long. Our starting five make plays to win."
Relieved, Harrick was happy to keep pace with the rest of the horses in the SEC East race, "We did not play our ‘A' game, but we won."
Georgia hosts South Carolina in its final home game of the season Wednesday night.