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
No. 24 South Carolina wins 57-53 over No. 19 Florida - 12 hours ago
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Sindarius Thornwell (6'5''-G-94) scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half and No. 24 South Carolina's defense smothered high-scoring No. 19 Florida much of the way for a 57-53 victory Wednesday night. The Gamecocks (15-3, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) opened the second half with a 14-2 run and held on down the stretch when the Gators (15-4, 5-1) drew within 54-53 on Chris Chiozza (6'0''-PG)'s free throws shots with 40.3 seconds to go. PJ Dozier (6'6''-F/G) drove for South Carolina's f... [read more]
Sindarius Thornwell (6'5''-G-94) scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half and No. 24 South Carolina's defense smothered high-scoring No. 19 Florida much of the way for a 57-53 victory Wednesday night. The Gamecocks (15-3, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) opened the second half with a 14-2 run and held on down the stretch when the Gators (15-4, 5-1) drew within 54-53 on Chris Chiozza (6'0''-PG)'s free throws shots with 40.3 seconds to go. PJ Dozier (6'6''-F/G) drove for South Carolina's final basket and Florida fumbled it out of bounds on its next possession. Leading scorer KeVaughn Allen (6'2''-G-95) had one point for Florida while Kasey Hill (6'1''-G-93) scored all 11 of his in the opening half before fouling out. Canyon Barry (6'6''-G-94) led the Gators with 13 points. Florida went 0 of 17 from 3-point range, ending a streak of 850 consecutive games with a long-range basket that was the longest in the NCAA. The Gators last went 0-from-behind the arc in an 80-61 loss to Kentucky in 1992. Courtesy of: wftv.com
Koenig leads No. 17 Wisconsin past Michigan, 68-64 - 1 day ago
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Bronson Koenig (6'4''-G) scored 16 points, 10 in a key run that turned the game around, and No. 17 Wisconsin survived a scare from Michigan 68-64 on Tuesday night. Michigan (12-7, 2-4 Big Ten) seemed to have Wisconsin (15-3, 4-1) on the ropes at one point in the second half. Wisconsin's Ethan Happ (6'9''-F-96) went to the bench with his third foul early and could largely only watch as the Wolverines went on a 17-2 run that put them up 38-30. The Wolverines even hit 3s on consecutive posse... [read more]
Bronson Koenig (6'4''-G) scored 16 points, 10 in a key run that turned the game around, and No. 17 Wisconsin survived a scare from Michigan 68-64 on Tuesday night. Michigan (12-7, 2-4 Big Ten) seemed to have Wisconsin (15-3, 4-1) on the ropes at one point in the second half. Wisconsin's Ethan Happ (6'9''-F-96) went to the bench with his third foul early and could largely only watch as the Wolverines went on a 17-2 run that put them up 38-30. The Wolverines even hit 3s on consecutive possessions after Wisconsin tied the game at 43. Then Koenig took over. Zak Showalter (6'2''-G) got the run started with a tough putback before Koenig reeled off the next 10 points. He scored on Duncan Robinson with a nice reverse to tie the game, dropped a 3 from well beyond the arc and then hit another from the corner, and suddenly the Badgers were up 55-49. Nigel Hayes (6'8''-F-94) added a 3-pointer to cap the run. Wisconsin had to hold off a final rally from the Wolverines. After Hayes missed two free throws, Zak Irvin hit a 3 to cut the lead to 66-64. But Koenig hit two free throws to put an end to the threat. Hayes and Vitto Brown (6'8''-F) each scored 13 points for the Badgers. Irvin scored 20 points to lead Michigan. Courtesy of: usatoday.com
Baltimore, MD - Loyola (MD) held off a late Boston University run with several important late game free throws, closing a 77-69 win. Boston opened conference play on a five game winning streak sitting atop the Patriot League standings. Loyola has been a little inconsistent to say the least, and started play at 2-3. This game was different than many would have expected, even with Boston being on the road. Loyola got off to a great start and never looked back leading the entire game. The G... [read more]
Baltimore, MD - Loyola (MD) held off a late Boston University run with several important late game free throws, closing a 77-69 win. Boston opened conference play on a five game winning streak sitting atop the Patriot League standings. Loyola has been a little inconsistent to say the least, and started play at 2-3.
This game was different than many would have expected, even with Boston being on the road. Loyola got off to a great start and never looked back leading the entire game. The Greyhounds were led by sophomore 6-0 point guard Andre Walker (6'0''-PG)'s 35 points, on 9-of-12 from the three point line. Walker was scorching hot and at one point was 9-of-10 from three. Conference leading Boston battled throughout, but ultimately came up short in the end. Boston was led by senior 6-5 shooting guard Eric Fanning, who scored 27 points and chipped in 13 rebounds.
Fanning did his best to keep his team close throughout, but when a team finishes shooting 1-of-18 from three it was a miracle they only lost by eight. Fanning, a solidly built guard, bullied his way to the basket overpowering his defender. He has an array of isolation moves he uses to get into the lane, where he then uses his body and strength to get shots off at the rim. Fanning finished the game by going 13-of-15 from the free throw line. He has a knack for taking on contact and using his great body control to hang in the air and finish. He plays more like a point forward than just a guard. He sets the offense, as well as defends and rebounds at a high level. Fanning will be a candidate for Patriot League player of the year.
Other contributors for Boston were junior 6-8 forward Nick Havener who had 15 points and eight rebounds, and sophomore 6-1 point guard Kyle Foreman who finished with six points, four assists and three steals.
Walker bested his previous career high of 31, by dominating the game from deep. Walker was shooting from NBA range. He came off screens, shot pull-ups and even on the move. When Walker released from the catch and shoot, it was as good as automatic on the night. Walker scored in bunches and forced Boston to blitz him when he had the ball on the perimeter. This really opened the entire floor up for his teammates. The scoring guard proved that he will be a deadly force from downtown for the rest of the Patriot League to keep tabs on.
Senior 6-6 forward Jarred Jones did not have the best game shooting or on offense in general. He struggled with his decision making and had a hard time knocking down open mid range jumpers. Jones found other ways to contribute though. He made an impact on defense and used his vision to set up his teammates when he knew it wasn't his night to score. Jones may be Loyola's most important player on the team, so finding other ways to impact the game should provide dividends for the Greyhounds in the rest of conference play. Jones finished with 14 points, ten rebounds, eight assists, four steals and six turnovers.
The other main contributor for Loyola was junior 6-8 power forward Cam Gregory. The long and slender, but physical forward was a force in the paint for the Greyhounds. Gregory was active on the boards, as well as on defense. He recorded a steal that led to a monstrous open floor dunk over a defender in the first half, which invigorated the student section. Gregory finished with 15 points, twelve rebounds and three steals.
Boston will likely not shoot this poorly from three for the rest of the season during a game. They came into the game at 38%, so shooting 1-of-18 is an anomaly. Loyola will need to build on this win. They have a chance at being in the top half of this league and need to become more consistent.
Boston next faces Colgate at home on Wednesday while Loyola is at Bucknell, also on Wednesday.
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