Jarvis Hayes' effort not enough

Published: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 1:43 a.m.
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Georgia forward Jarvis Hayes finished with 25 points and hit 6-of-8 from behind the three-point line on Saturday.

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Jarvis Hayes sat against a gray wall in Georgia's camped locker room inside the O'Connell Center after Saturday's loss to Florida, sweat still dripping from his forehead.
Moments earlier, after single-handedly bringing Georgia back from a nine-point deficit and showing why he's one of the top players in the SEC, Hayes' chance to win the game for the Bulldogs was taken from him.
Official Mike Thibodeaux called Hayes for an offensive foul on Matt Walsh as he tried to get free with 19.4 seconds left and the game tied at 63.
"Did I foul him? No," Hayes said with a wide grin on his face. "I didn't foul him, no."
The call came after Hayes had hit four consecutive three-point baskets in the final 3:43 to erase a 58-49 Florida lead.
"It feels good to get in a rhythm like that," Hayes said. "I thought we had the game won."
With the game tied at 63 and the clock winding down, point guard Rashad Wright dribbled at the top of the key as Georgia's other players were spaced on the floor. Hayes, guarded by Walsh, ran outside a Chris Daniels screen. Walsh, clinging to Hayes, went inside the screen with Hayes and fell to the floor as they came around the screen, prompting Thibodeaux to call Hayes for the offensive foul. That set up Anthony Roberson's game-winner.
"It was a tough call," Hayes said. "It could have gone both ways. It was a great game, but that was a tough call."
Georgia coach Jim Harrick became livid, screaming and stammering several steps onto the court. Three Georgia assistants had to restrain Harrick in addition to Wright, who ran over and to Georgia's bench and helped his coach regain his composure.
"In that situation, let the players decided the game, not the officials," Harrick said. "That was probably a no-call."
Beginning at the 3:43 mark, Hayes hit consecutive three-pointers on three straight Georgia possessions. After two Wright free throws, Hayes canned another three-pointer with 57 seconds left to put Georgia in front 63-61. Hayes finished with 25 points and hit 6-of-8 from behind the three-point line.
"We started calling some plays so we could get some shots in the basket," Harrick said. "He brought us back and that's the kind of player he is."
Then, on the Bulldogs' final possession, there was no question they were going back to Hayes. Instead, he fouled Walsh first.
"We would have won," Hayes said. "I was going to hit the shot I was going to there before they called the foul."
You can reach Brandon Zimmerman by calling 374-5051 or by e-mail at zimmerb@gvillesun.com.

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