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Edwards to rescue as Georgia edges ’Swords

Georgia’s Anthony Edwards is defended by Chaminade’s Tyler Cartaino (left) and Isaac Amaral-Artharee during the first half of the Bulldogs’ 80-77 win in the seventh-place game Wednesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

LAHAINA — Ant Man saved the day for the Georgia Bulldogs.

With his team tied with Division II Chaminade, Anthony Edwards drilled a long, last second 3-pointer to lift Georgia to a 80-77 win in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational seventh-place game Wednesday at the Lahaina Civic Center.

“I got the ball across half court, I looked at the clock, it was like five seconds. I said, well, I know they’re going to pack it in, so I’m just going to pull up for the 3,” said Edwards, the Bulldogs’ highly touted freshman guard with the superhero nickname. “We needed the win. Every other team that played those guys, they won by a large number of points but we weren’t coming in worrying about that.”

There were still a few tenths of a second left after Edwards’ dagger, but the Silverswords were unable to inbound the ball and turned it over.

Edwards finished with 24 points and eight rebounds, and Rayshaun Hammonds added 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Georgia (5-2).

Tyler Cartaino of Chaminade lays up the ball over Georgia’s Donnell Gresham.

“We told our team, and I knew they would have a hard time believing it, that the toughest game of the year would be today,” coach Tom Crean said. “And it didn’t matter if it was going to be Chaminade or UCLA, it was going to be the toughest game of the year.”

The wild game had 12 lead changes, including seven ties and a total of 36 turnovers — 19 by Georgia and 17 by Chaminade.

Andre Arissol shot 51 percent from the field and finished with 24 points, and Tyler Cartaino scored 23 for the host Silverswords (2-3).

“At the end of the day we realize these are big-name schools and really good players and really big players,” Cartaino said. “But they’re just people like us, and we got to play the same game they do. We have the same refs, we’re in the same gym, so we’re out there to compete. I mean, if you think you’re going to lose before the game starts, you might as well not even play.”

The ‘Swords are now 8-95 all-time in the tournament, though they came oh-so-close to picking up that ninth win against a high-major team.

“It was a heck of a game. Really proud of our guys,” coach Eric Bovaird said. “They competed for 40 minutes. I know we’re disappointed with the outcome, but to say you went toe-to-toe with an SEC team and a potential, I don’t know, top-3, top-2, whatever draft pick in the NBA, is pretty special.”

* Dakota Grossman is at dgrossman@mauinews.com.

GEORGIA (5-2)

Hammonds 5-13 2-2 12, Ngumezi 2-3 0-0 4, Gresham 2-7 1-2 5, Crump 4-9 0-0 9, Edwards 8-17 5-6 24, Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Camara 2-5 5-7 9, Peake 2-3 0-0 4, Howard 0-0 0-2 0, Wheeler 4-6 0-0 9, Fagan 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 31-67 13-19 80.

CHAMINADE (2-3)

Donley 3-5 0-0 6, R.Young 2-4 0-0 6, Small 6-12 1-1 13, Arissol 9-18 0-0 24, Cartaino 11-18 1-3 23, Awet 0-2 0-0 0, Kremer 0-1 0-0 0, Amaral-Artharee 1-3 0-0 3, Davenport 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 33-65 2-4 77.

Halftime–Georgia 38-37. 3-Point Goals–Georgia 5-18 (Edwards 3-8, Wheeler 1-1, Crump 1-4, Brown 0-1, Hammonds 0-1, Gresham 0-3), Chaminade 9-21 (Arissol 6-13, R.Young 2-3, Amaral-Artharee 1-1, Kremer 0-1, Cartaino 0-3). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Georgia 44 (Hammonds 10), Chaminade 21 (Small 7). Assists–Georgia 11 (Gresham, Edwards 3), Chaminade 16 (Small 9). Total Fouls–Georgia 11, Chaminade 18.