CHAMPAIGN – Giorgi Bezhanishvili comes from a small family. It's really close to her older brother, Davit, his mother, Lali, and grandparents.
They are the only real family he has.
Giorgi, Illinois, freshman, pledged his score, scoring 35 points in win 99-94 overtime against Rutgers at the State Farm Center on Saturday to play homestand through a game.
"Everything is my family," said Giorgi. "I want to do anything for my family."
There was no admission game in Illinois (9-15, 5-8) against Rutgers (11-12, 4-9) after Illini Pollution. 9 Michigan State Tuesday. There was a souvenir of deterioration and delays, but when Illinois needed a bucket, Giorgi was given an ink or play shot over Rutgers defendant. He added seven rebounds and ranges 14-18 from the floor and 7 out of 8 from the free line.
Davit looked for a surprise, perhaps the famous person came to his brother. Fan fans, "Giorgi. Giorgi," spread across the field.
"I can not explain it," Davit said. "It's amazing. He made sure my visit never went to Illinois. After the last game, I want, OK, nothing can be better than this. , he made sure … from my God. It's amazing. "
At one point in the second half, Giorgi scored 15 points in a row over 6 minutes, during the second century and scored 29 out of 35 points in the second half or overtime. His 35 point is to record a program for points scoring in a new man's game, crossing the 34 point Point Deon Thomas game on December 3, 1990 against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Thomas was sitting court of the game on the Illini Sports Network radio call, and both of them took the game after the game.
The timetable for Bezhanishvili was to go into a starring role with Ayo Dosunmu guards (12 points) and Trent Frazier (17 points) tackling the dirty trouble in the second half.
"Of course, on a night when Ayo and Trent were fighting some dirty problems, we got behind the big boy and marked those shoulders up to 29 second points," said Brad Coach Illinois Underwood.
"It's pretty special. In the case of a young man who did not have a lot of recruitment, I think it has been proven to be a good player."
Giorgi moved through the student section from Orange Krush after making a post-television television interview to sing his name throughout the State Farm Center. It is a great trip to Bezhanishvili, the player No. 370-ranked in the nation and did not have enough power scholarship offer.
"No one really looked," said Giorgi. "That does not mean. You keep going and working from day to day. That's what I do is work and things like this to happen. The work pays off."
Rutgers & Ron Harper Jr made a bad bank shot at the end of the regulations to bring the ball to Illinois with less than 10 seconds left. Dosunmu started through the lane, but the game was blocked to overtime. After four quick Rutgers opened points to open overtime, Illinois responded back and got 3 points from Frazier from time to head, 91-90. Again, Rutgers came back with a story from Caleb McConnell, who had 25 high-tech points.
Giorgi was placed on the other side and went to the line for a pair of free throws. With an award under the section 108 sign, missed as a look, Giorgi noted that Illinois would lead to a single lead lead. He hit a bath at the other two points in Illinois, and Rutgers did not get as close to three points the rest of the way.
As the anguish, Giorgi, was trying to get the crowd longer on the piece, he put his hands in the air and dropped it out.
"It was good, of course," said Steve Pikiell, coach Rutgers, who died his mother on Saturday morning. "He had a career night. We have tried many of his guys, too. I like all of his staff. They have a lot of different options. We've done a good job on their guards, their guards are killing people. Of course, our defense must be better against such staff. "
The Giorgi show started before the game started, and Giorgi took a dawn from the score table from Edgar Brummett, native native. And he continued, with Giorgi back in front of that table, talking to Thomas. And in the typical form of Giorgi, he apologized when he learned that he accepted Thomas's 29-year record.
"I said," Sorry, he did not mind. "He said he wanted to break someone and he was satisfied that he was with me," said Giorgi. "We took a picture and it was a great time."
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