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
Memphis basketball secures commitment from JUCO forward Mike Parks, Jr. - 4 hours ago
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A prior relationship dating back to last year allowed the Memphis men's basketball team to add some sorely needed size to its front court on Monday night. Mike Parks (6'10''-C/F), Jr., a 6-foot-9 forward who spent this past season at Southwest Mississippi Community College, announced via social media that he had committed to Memphis. He became the latest member of the Tigers' 2017 recruiting class, which now includes four players from the junior college ranks. Parks signed with New Mexico... [read more]
A prior relationship dating back to last year allowed the Memphis men's basketball team to add some sorely needed size to its front court on Monday night. Mike Parks (6'10''-C/F), Jr., a 6-foot-9 forward who spent this past season at Southwest Mississippi Community College, announced via social media that he had committed to Memphis. He became the latest member of the Tigers' 2017 recruiting class, which now includes four players from the junior college ranks. Parks signed with New Mexico last November, but received a release from his national letter of intent last week after the Lobos fired coach Craig Neal . The Cleveland native averaged 8.9 points and four rebounds in more than 19 minutes per game at Southwest Mississippi. He also shot 72 percent from the field will have two seasons of eligibility remaining when he comes to Memphis next year. Parks played at Missouri State-West Plains Community College and tallied 8.3 points per contest as a freshman while battling through an injury, according to Southwest Mississippi Coach Thomas Gray. "He's a big bodied, 260, 265-pound guy who has great hands, who runs the floor as well as anybody does his size," Gray said in an interview Monday night. "Coming off that injury his freshman year, he had a strong sophomore campaign. To be honest, it's a steal at this point in recruiting." It was Parks's brief tenure at Missouri State-West Plains that ultimately opened the door for Memphis to secure his commitment so quickly in recent days. Gray noted that Tigers Coach Tubby Smith and assistant Joe Esposito got to know Parks last year when they were recruiting one of his former teammates and that bond paid off in recent days when Parks became available again. Gray said more than 20 schools, including Missouri, Kansas State and Oregon State, had inquired about Parks since New Mexico granted him a release last Tuesday. He has yet to officially visit Memphis, but is scheduled to be on campus in the coming weeks. Parks will join Eastern Florida State College guard Kareem Brewton, Georgia Highlands College forward Kyvon Davenport and Gordon State forward Raynere Thornton as junior college additions for the Tigers and Esposito served as the primary recruiter for all of them. Brewton and Davenport were named junior college all-Americans earlier this month. But Memphis lacked bulk on the interior with only 6-foot-10 Egyptian prospect Karim Sameh Azab, who sat out last season because he wasn't cleared to play by the NCAA, back in the fold. Since Smith intimated in recent weeks that he plans to use more full-court pressure next year, Parks's combination of mobility and size should come in handy. Gray is among those that believes Memphis is positioning itself well for next year despite the loss of six players to transfer this offseason. 'The fact that they were able to land [Parks] in five days with just their reputation and the excitement that's around that program right now getting these high-profile junior college guys, I mean it's a testament to the job those guys at Memphis are doing," said Gray, a former assistant at Tennessee-Martin who coached against Davenport this year. "I'm really excited for where that program is heading. The kid's that they're getting are impact guys. These aren't typical junior college kids they're getting. It really is unbelievable what they're putting together.' Memphis still has three open scholarships available for next year and Farmington, Mich., combo guard Amauri Hardy, a former Oklahoma State commit, is expected to visit campus on Thursday. The Tigers have already signed three incoming freshmen. Six-foot-4 guard Jamal Johnson, 6-7 wing David Nickelberry and 6-8 forward Victor are all expected to compete for immediate playing time on a roster that brings back just two of its top nine scorers from a year ago. Courtesy of: commercialappeal.com
Maryland transfer Jaylen Brantley joining UMass basketball program - 1 day ago
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UMass got a potential starting guard, and Jaylen Brantley(5'11''-PG) got a homecoming. Brantley, a graduate transfer from Maryland, told both ESPN and CBS that he plans to complete his career at UMass. The 5-foot-11 point guard from Springfield will have his undergraduate degree at the end of the semester, making him eligible immediately with one year left to play. Brantley played at Central, Notre Dame Prep and Wilbraham & Monson in high school. He initially committed to Marshall but end... [read more]
UMass got a potential starting guard, and Jaylen Brantley (5'11''-PG) got a homecoming. Brantley, a graduate transfer from Maryland, told both ESPN and CBS that he plans to complete his career at UMass. The 5-foot-11 point guard from Springfield will have his undergraduate degree at the end of the semester, making him eligible immediately with one year left to play. Brantley played at Central, Notre Dame Prep and Wilbraham & Monson in high school. He initially committed to Marshall but ended up going to junior college instead, playing at Odessa (Texas) Community College for one season. He went from there to Maryland. As a Terrapin, he averaged 4.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 16.8 minutes per game backing up All-American Melo Trimble. He shot 38.6 percent from 3-point range. He scored in double figures seven times as a junior. After losing transfers DeJon Jarreau, Zach Lewis, Seth Berger, Zach Coleman, Brison Gresham and potentially Donte Clark, Brantley gives the Minutemen a game-ready guard who can join Luwane Pipkins, C.J. Anderson and Unique McLean in the UMass backcourt. New coach Matt McCall is expected to try to add more immediately eligible players while also pursuing younger transfers who have to sit out the 2017-18 season. Brantley joins big man Chris Baldwin as Springfield natives on the UMass roster. Fairfield transfer Curtis Cobb, who'll sit out this year, also went to Wilbraham. Like Cobb, Brantley played AAU for the BABC. They mark UMass' first players from the often talent-rich AAU program since Anthony Gurley. Courtesy of: gazettenet.com
Former UConn big man Enoch commits to Louisville - 2 days ago
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UConn transfer big man Steven Enoch (6'10''-C-97) has committed to the University of Louisville, sources told Rivals's Corey Evans Sunday afternoon. Enoch, who was officially granted his release from the UConn men's basketball program on Apr. 4, will sit out for the 2017-18 season under the NCAA transfer rules before becoming eligible in 2018-19. He has two years of eligibility remaining. After receiving limited minutes during his freshman year, Enoch averaged 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds... [read more]
UConn transfer big man Steven Enoch (6'10''-C-97) has committed to the University of Louisville, sources told Rivals's Corey Evans Sunday afternoon. Enoch, who was officially granted his release from the UConn men's basketball program on Apr. 4, will sit out for the 2017-18 season under the NCAA transfer rules before becoming eligible in 2018-19. He has two years of eligibility remaining. After receiving limited minutes during his freshman year, Enoch averaged 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game last season. He struggled to earn minutes in head coach Kevin Ollie's rotation despite the team's numerous injuries. The 6-foot-11, 258-pound Enoch was a former ESPN 100 recruit. Courtesy of: dailycampus.com
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