When Bezhanishvili fouled out with 17 seconds left, he said he wasn't worried about the fate of the game. He said he saw "a look" in his teammates' eyes once the game headed to overtime at 61-61.
"I'm so confident in my teammates," he said. "I know my teammates are going to do their thing. As we saw, they did."
Trent Frazier became a much-needed sidekick to Bezhanishvili in the second half and overtime. He finished with 21 points in 41 minutes, making a go-ahead 3-pointer from the corner for a 68-66 lead with 3 minutes to go in overtime.
Despite struggling to score most of the night (3 of 10, eight points), freshman Ayo Dosunmu hit a 3-pointer after a block on the other end for a 71-66 lead with 2:12 left. He had been elbowed in the eye on the other end. "I couldn't see," he said.
And after missing what would have been a game-winning layup at the end of regulation, Andres Feliz converted with 1:05 left to put the game to bed.
"I looked at the guys and was like, 'Yeah, that's it,' " Bezhanishvili said.