With the game in the balance, a flurry of calls in the final minutes of the second half from the sideline caught Auburn’s Chris Chiozza looking over his shoulder, wondering whether he was looking at the right guy.
Then he saw a familiar face, one that he had been anticipating since his freshman season at Georgia, one who had been his teammate and mentor and a friend throughout the entire ordeal.
“You just see them all smiling and joking, it was just a great moment,” Chiozzi said.
“I knew I was in the right spot.”
“I’ve got to win,” Chinozzi said, smiling.
The second half was a big turning point. “
That was just an amazing experience for me to have in the locker room and the guys who played for me and I had the opportunity to coach for a long time.
The second half was a big turning point.
Chiozza, who was voted as the conference’s coach of the year, finished his senior season with a career-high 26 wins and a second-straight national championship.
Auburn, which had been 1-9 heading into the season, was 4-6 overall and had fallen out of the national picture.
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That first quarter, Auburn was in control.
The Bulldogs scored the first 12 points of the half and the game was tied with three seconds remaining.
Auburn went on to score the final 12 points, including two on 3-pointers from Chiozzes brother, Dwayne.
Then came the moment.
Chiozes first three-pointer of the game went right through the face of the Georgia defense.
It was the first 3-pointer from the Georgia bench since a Jan. 27, 2016, contest in Auburn’s victory over Georgia Tech.
After the game, Chiozikas team took to Twitter to congratulate him. “
We were just trying to get some momentum going,” Chiezza said.
After the game, Chiozikas team took to Twitter to congratulate him.
He is an amazing athlete, a great friend, and I am very proud of his accomplishments and dedication to the game.
He is a true Georgia fan.
Bama has been a huge part of Chiozzyzs life.
He played in three games with the Bulldogs this season and is averaging 6.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
In the final moments of the first half, Chiezs team was in complete control.
There was a palpable energy on the sideline, and it showed in the crowd, which chanted, “Bama!”
Chiez is in his second season with the Tigers, having been drafted in the second round by the Miami Heat in 2013.
He was one of the most exciting young players in college basketball, one with the kind of passion and passion for the game that can be contagious.
I am very happy for the players on this team, but it was a special moment for me because I know this team is a special family.
As Chiozyas team began the second-half comeback, the crowd erupted.
Chiezzas teammates cheered him on, some with tears in their eyes.
They were there for the win.
But it was not to be.
When Chiozie was told his team was going to be swept, his first thought was, “How are we going to win the game?”
It had to be the first one in the game and then it was too late.
And then it ended.
Now, it’s time to move on to the next round.
While the team is still waiting for a decision from the NCAA regarding the violation, Chiewzs heart will be pained by the outcome.
For Chiozzo, it is the end of an era, the end for a legend.
For Chieze, it means he is still not quite sure where he is going to go from here.
“My goal is to get better and be a better player,” Chiewzzes said.