ATHENS, Ga. - Sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6'5''-G-93) scored a career-high 27 points, but the Georgia Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season, falling 68-56 to Youngstown State in the Progressive Legends Classic on Monday evening at Stegeman Coliseum.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the only Bulldog to score in double figures, and he added five three-pointers, six rebounds and four steals for Georgia (1-1). Kendrick Perry led the way for Youngstown State (2-0) with 23 points.
"That's a frustrating loss," said Georgia head coach Mark Fox. "You have to give Youngstown State credit. They came in here to beat our tail and that's what they did. We played very poorly offensively in the first half, and it set the game back 10 years the way we played offensively in the first half. We shot 12 percent, but came back in the second half and shot 48 percent and only had four turnovers in the second half, where we had 11 in the first half. We can't play that immaturely offensively and have chances to win. We got beat, we didn't play well and we didn't play well the other night once we got a lead but we got away with it with a win. Today we didn't get away with it, and hopefully this will be a good stepping stone for us because it's certainly a teachable moment."
Youngstown State opened the game on an 8-0 run, including a pair of layups by Shawn Amiker to begin the spurt. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope broke the scoring drought for Georgia with a three-pointer at the 15:55 mark, but each team would then go three more minutes without a point.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored the first five points of the game for the Bulldogs, and he would go on to score each of Georgia's three first-half field goals.
Both teams committed 11 turnovers apiece in the first half but were unable to capitalize on the other end, as Georgia scored just two points off turnovers and Youngstown State scored four.
The teams once again went scoreless for a three minute spurt midway through the first half before Youngstown State's Kamren Belin grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on the putback to extend the Penguins' lead to 16-6. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope broke the Bulldogs' scoring drought with a baseline jumper on the left side off an assist by Sherrard Brantleyat the 4:07 mark to trim the Penguins' lead to 19-8.
With the offense struggling in the first half for Georgia, the team was able to convert on seven of their 11 attempts from the charity stripe, including six in the final three minutes, to enter the break trailing 25-14.
The Bulldog offense came alive at the start of the second half, as Georgia nailed a trio of three-pointers, including a pair from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a deep trey from Brantley in the first three and a half minutes of play. John Florveusthen was fouled on a made lay-up and converted on the three-point play to pull the Bulldogs within six, 32-26, at the 16:23 mark.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope continued to have the hot hand from downtown, draining his third three of the half and fourth of the game to trim the Penguins' lead to 32-29 with 15 minutes remaining.
Youngstown State opened up a nine-point lead midway through the half, and the teams would continue to trade baskets until the Penguins rattled off a 6-0 run to once again open up the lead with just under 12 minutes remaining.
Georgia shot 48 percent from the field in the second half, including 55 percent (5-9) from behind the arc. The Bulldogs also converted on nine of 10 attempts from the free throw line and turned the ball over just four times in the second period of play.
COLLEGE STATION--Elston Turner scored a career-high 26 points to lead Texas A&M to an 83-65 win over Troy Monday night in the CBE Classic.
Ray Turner and Fabyon Harris (5'11''-G) each added 14 points and Alex Caruso (6'5''-G) chipped in 13 in the winning effort. Hunter Williams led Troy (1-1) with 15 points, and Ray Chambers followed with 10.
The Aggies (2-0), who leaped to a 45-29 halftime lead, shot 52.7 percent from the field compared to Troy's 43.6 percent. Elston Turner, the Aggies' leading scorer last season with 13.9 points per game, made 9 of 14 shots from the field, including four 3-pointers in seven attempts.
A&M was particularly effective from the free-throw line, making 18 of 20. The Aggies also had 21 assists to only eight turnovers in a crisp early-season effort. Freshman J'Mychal Reese tallied a game-high six assists. Courtesy of: http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com
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Aaron Goodwin (Goodwin Sports Management) Gary Payton II (6'3''-G-92) out of Oregon State University and Damion Lee (6'6''-G-92) out of University of Louisville Gerrit Kersten-Thiele (Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) signed Marcellus Barksdale (6'5''-G-93) out of IUPUI and Ben Freeland (6'10''-F-92) out of Lafayette Dan Tobin (TCA) signed Mike Best (6'10''-F-93) out of Cal-Irvine and James Robinson (6'3''-PG-94) out of Pitsbourgh Adam Pensack (Pensack Sports) signed Rosco Allen (6'9''-F-93) out of Stanford Iman Shokuohizadeh (Lanshire Group) signed Princeton Onwas (6'6''-G-93) out of San Jose St. Dani Erceg (Cro Pro) signed 6-7 forward Dwayne Benjamin (6'7''-F) out of University of Oregon Michael Hart (Hart Sports Management) signed Frank Eaves (6'2''-G-94) out of Appalachian State University Court Side signed Jito Kok (6'9''-C-94) out of University of San Diego. Guillermo Pascual (Dynamics Global Management) signed Dylan Poston (6'4''-G-93) out of Gardner-Webb Univ. Marquis Taylor (Mogul Sports Group) signed Jose Rodriguez (6'7''-F) out of Texas Southern University. Sam Goldfeder (Excel Sports) signed Tyrone Wallace (6'5''-G-94) out of University of California, Berkeley Stefano Lips (Representa Pro) signed Justin Gordon (6'6''-F-93) out of Wofford College. Elias Diamantopoulos (Diamond Sports) signed Kareem Canty (6'1''-G-93) out of Auburn University. David Gonzalez (Free Agency Basketball) signed Anthony Elechi (6'8''-F/C) out of Morehead State University James Dennis (Four Point Play Mgmt) signed Eric Thompson (6'8''-F-93) out of the University of the Pacific Arturo Rodriguez (Makingplayers) signed Ethan O'Day (6'9''-F)' out of University of Vermont. Zach Schreiber (Entersport) signed Ricky Tarrant (6'2''-G-93) out of University of Memphis. Eddie Grochowiak (GoEmpire Group) signed Cedric Blossom (6'6''-F) out of Morgan State University. Ervin Chet (Inception Sports) signed Derrick Colter (5'11''-PG-94) out of Duquesne University. Brad Ames (Priority Sports) signed Maodo Lo (6'3''-G-92) out of Columbia University
Valparaiso All-American Alec Peters won't follow Bryce Drew to Vanderbilt - May 30, 2016
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Vanderbilt won't be the host for the reunion between head coach Bryce Drew and Valparaiso All-American forward Alec Peters(6'9''-F-95). The 6'8, 225 pound forward won't follow his former coach to Nashville and will instead play his senior season for the Crusaders. Peters was an honorable mention All-American this season after averaging 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for Valpo. He also made 46.4 percent of his three-pointers against conference opponents as a junior. He declared for... [read more]
Vanderbilt won't be the host for the reunion between head coach Bryce Drew and Valparaiso All-American forward Alec Peters (6'9''-F-95). The 6'8, 225 pound forward won't follow his former coach to Nashville and will instead play his senior season for the Crusaders. Peters was an honorable mention All-American this season after averaging 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for Valpo. He also made 46.4 percent of his three-pointers against conference opponents as a junior. He declared for the 2016 NBA Draft back in April, but withdrew from consideration last week after failing to earn a first-round grade from league scouts. Vanderbilt had room for the All-Horizon League big man. After losing Damian Jones and Wade Baldwin IV to the Draft and Samir Sehic to Tulane, the Commodores only have 10 scholarship players for the 2016-17 season. Since he's already graduated from Valparaiso, Peters would have been able to play immediately in Nashville. Instead, he'll lead the Crusaders for one final season. Here's what Vanderbilt's depth chart could look like without the rangy forward in black and gold next winter. Courtesy of: anchorofgold.com
Guard Malik Newman to leave Mississippi State - May 30, 2016
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In the aftermath of Malik Newman(6'3''-G-97)'s decision to withdraw his name from the 2016 NBA Draft, there were rumblings that he would not be returning to the Mississippi State program. Monday afternoon it was learned that Newman would transfer, with the news first being reported by CBSSports.com. A top ten prospect in the Class of 2015, Newman was viewed as the crown jewel in Ben Howland's first recruiting class at Mississippi State. Things didn't work out as anticipated however, with... [read more]
In the aftermath of Malik Newman (6'3''-G-97)'s decision to withdraw his name from the 2016 NBA Draft, there were rumblings that he would not be returning to the Mississippi State program. Monday afternoon it was learned that Newman would transfer, with the news first being reported by CBSSports.com. A top ten prospect in the Class of 2015, Newman was viewed as the crown jewel in Ben Howland's first recruiting class at Mississippi State. Things didn't work out as anticipated however, with Newman being hampered some by injuries throughout the course of the season. The Mississippi native averaged 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game last season, but he did so shooting just 39.1 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from three. There's also the question of what Newman's role would be in 2016-17 to consider with regards to this decision. After not having a great amount of depth on the perimeter last season, that won't be the case for the Bulldogs next season. I.J. Ready and Quinndary Weatherspoon are among the returnees, and Mississippi State adds a talented crop of newcomers that includes four-star guards Tyson Carter, Lamar Peters and Eli Wright. Mississippi State also adds highly regarded wing Mario Kegler, and Louisiana Tech transfer Xavian Stapleton will be available after sitting out last season. With all of those additions, a feature role for Newman likely would have been tough to come by in 2016-17. Newman, a player who many thought wouldn't be in college for more than a season, will look for someplace else to call home. Courtesy of: nbcsports.com
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