Fra­zier wins

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

Ge­or­gia wants the ball in J.J. Fra­zier’s hands late in tight games, even when he’s sick.

Though it hasn’t al­ways worked in the Bull­dogs’ fa­vor, they have shown the su­perquick Fra­zier, who was named SEC player of the week Mon­day, needs to have his hand on the trig­ger at crunch time.

Twice in the past two weeks, Fra­zier’s late-game per­for­mances have led to crit­i­cal vic­to­ries for Ge­or­gia, which is among a hand­ful of SEC bub­ble teams.

On Satur­day, a few hours af­ter go­ing to an ur­gent care clinic and test­ing neg­a­tive for the flu, Fra­zier scored 29 points and had a sea­son-high eight as­sists in Ge­or­gia’s 8280 home vic­tory over LSU.

With Ge­or­gia trail­ing 8079, the 5-10, 155-pound se­nior drove the length of the floor in the fi­nal 6 sec­onds, was fouled at the rim and made two free throws with 1.6 sec­onds left for the win­ning points.

Fra­zier scored 11 of Ge­or­gia’s fi­nal 12 points in a 60-55 vic­tory at Alabama on Thurs­day, the Bull­dogs’ first full game with­out stand­out for­ward Yante Maten. Fra­zier hit a high-arc­ing layup af­ter a tough drive down the left block with 1:32 re­main­ing to give Ge­or­gia a 56-53 lead. He then hit two free throws with 50 sec­onds left for a 58-55 lead and later added an­other free throw in the Bull­dogs’ road vic­tory.


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