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
Butler pulls away late to 88-79 win over Xavier - 20 minutes ago
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Kelan Martin (6'6''-PF) had another big game, scoring 25 points, and No. 22 Butler followed its biggest road win of the season with yet another on Sunday, pulling away in the closing minutes for an 88-79 victory over Xavier. The Bulldogs (23-6, 12-5 Big East) were coming off a 74-66 victory at No. 2 Villanova, one of the biggest road wins in their history. They kept the momentum with a strong finish, outscoring Xavier 19-8 down the stretch for their fourth straight win. Neither team led b... [read more]
Kelan Martin (6'6''-PF) had another big game, scoring 25 points, and No. 22 Butler followed its biggest road win of the season with yet another on Sunday, pulling away in the closing minutes for an 88-79 victory over Xavier. The Bulldogs (23-6, 12-5 Big East) were coming off a 74-66 victory at No. 2 Villanova, one of the biggest road wins in their history. They kept the momentum with a strong finish, outscoring Xavier 19-8 down the stretch for their fourth straight win. Neither team led by more than six points before Butler's closing spurt. Kamar Baldwin (6'0''-G) added 17 points and had two steals that set up the late run. Xavier (18-11, 8-8) has lost five in a row, its deepest slump in 35 years. The Musketeers dropped six straight in 1981-82 under coach Bob Staak. The Musketeers' slide coincides with top scorer Trevon Bluiett (6'6''-G-94) suffering a sprained ankle. He was back for the second straight game and led with 21 points. Courtesy of: wlwt.com
Mika leads BYU to upset of No. 1 Gonzaga 79-71 - 1 day ago
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Top-ranked Gonzaga's quest to go undefeated this season ended under a barrage of baskets by BYU's Eric Mika (6'10''-F) on Saturday night. Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and BYU upset Gonzaga 79-71. It was the Cougars' first victory ever over a No. 1 team, after four losses, and spoiled the Bulldogs' perfect record in their last regular season game. The sophomore center made 10 of 14 shots from the floor and 9 of 13 free throws. His biggest basket put BYU ahead 73-71 with a minute lef... [read more]
Top-ranked Gonzaga's quest to go undefeated this season ended under a barrage of baskets by BYU's Eric Mika (6'10''-F) on Saturday night. Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and BYU upset Gonzaga 79-71. It was the Cougars' first victory ever over a No. 1 team, after four losses, and spoiled the Bulldogs' perfect record in their last regular season game. The sophomore center made 10 of 14 shots from the floor and 9 of 13 free throws. His biggest basket put BYU ahead 73-71 with a minute left in the game. Gonzaga lost the ball on its next two possessions, and then Corbin Kaufusi (6'10''-C) had a putback and Mika hit two free throws to put the game out of reach. Gonzaga ended a string of 15 consecutive games where it didn't trail in the second half. "They haven't had anyone have a lead on them in the second half for quite a while," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "I thought that would be a really big emotional thing for us, and an emotional thing for them to have to respond. "You beat the No. 1 team on the road the last weekend of the season, it's good for a lot of reasons," Rose added. The Cougars rallied from an early 16-point deficit, and Mika said the team never wavered in its belief it could win. "I think all of us did and that was a big thing," Mika said. "I don't think a lot of teams, especially in our conference, believe 100 percent that they're going to come in and do that." The Cougars scored 44 points in the second half and made nine 3-pointers to just three for Gonzaga. Nigel Williams-Goss (6'3''-G-94) scored 19 points for Gonzaga (29-1, 17-1 West Coast), which was seeking to become the first team since Kentucky in 2014-15 to finish the regular season without a loss. "Obviously, it didn't go as we hoped," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "We missed a lot of free throws and turned the ball over too much to be able to win a close game like that." Gonzaga missed 13 of its 29 free throws and had 16 turnovers but still led most of the game. "The season isn't over," Gonzaga guard Jordan Mathews (6'4''-G-94) said. "It is a great season. We'd love to be 30-0, but we are 29-1." T.J. Haws added 17 points and Elijah Bryant 14 for BYU (21-10, 12-6). The last team to finish the entire season undefeated was Indiana in 1975-76. Gonzaga came out fired up and jumped to an 18-2 lead in the first five minutes, making 7 of 10 shots. The Zags cooled off, and three consecutive 3-pointers by BYU's Haws cut Gonzaga's lead to 26-22. Mika's basket cut Gonzaga's lead to one point before the Bulldogs closed with a 10-5 run to take a 41-35 lead at halftime. Zach Collins (7'0''-F-97)' putback gave Gonzaga a 58-46 lead midway through the second. A technical foul on Gonzaga helped BYU cut its deficit to 58-53 and seemed to spark the Cougars. A pair of 3-pointers by Nick Emery (6'2''-G) cut Gonzaga's lead to one, and Mika's basket gave the Cougars their first lead at 61-60. The teams traded baskets until Mika put the Cougars ahead for good. Courtesy of: abcnews.com
Athens, GA - J.J. Frazier(5'10''-PG-95) hit two big free throws with 1.6 seconds to give Georgia an 82-80 victory over LSU. It was LSU's 15th consecutive loss (a school record). Frazier, the team's leading scorer this season, led the team once again with 29 points, shooting 10-of-11 from the free throw line. LSU was led by their stellar guard, Antonio Blakeney, who scored 20 inefficient (7-of-18 from the field) points. The diminutive (5-8, 155 pounds) Frazier used his quickness and handl... [read more]
Athens, GA - J.J. Frazier (5'10''-PG-95) hit two big free throws with 1.6 seconds to give Georgia an 82-80 victory over LSU. It was LSU's 15th consecutive loss (a school record). Frazier, the team's leading scorer this season, led the team once again with 29 points, shooting 10-of-11 from the free throw line. LSU was led by their stellar guard, Antonio Blakeney, who scored 20 inefficient (7-of-18 from the field) points.
The diminutive (5-8, 155 pounds) Frazier used his quickness and handle to create space for his jumper from all areas of the court. Unafraid of contact, Frazier showed the willingness and ability to drive against bigger defenders and create space for a pull-up jumper. The concern with Frazier is his ability to consistently create for teammates. In UGA's offense, he is often asked to play off the ball and score via cuts and coming off screens. To his credit, he moves very well without the ball and displays good awareness when doing so. He did show a few nice flashes of penetrating and finding the open man.
Derek Ogbeide, a 6-8, 245 pound forward, showed impressive mobility and footwork for his size. This stood out on the offensive end, where he displayed the ability to snatch an offensive rebound and quickly put it back in. His strength in the post was effective, as he established great position down low, sealed off the defender, caught and finished with a nice lefty jump hook.
For LSU, sophomore guard, Brandon Sampson displayed a sweet stroke from 3, nailing a 25-footer early in the first half. He showed nice patience, pump-faking to let the defender fly by, taking one dribble and pulling up for a 3. He looked very good on catch-and-shoot 3's as well. He's shooting 34 percent from 3 this season, up from 27 percent last season. Defensively, he showed himself to be a quick leaper, using his athleticism to emphatically swat a quick turnaround hook into the stands. Blakeney, a sophomore 2-guard, has a long, athletic body, and shows impressive athleticism. He gets great elevation on his jumper, but he has a slight hitch at the top of the motion. His shot selection left a lot to be desired at times. He shot 2-of-8 from the 3-point line in this game, but is shooting 39 percent on the season. He showed his explosion in driving past defenders and getting to the rim with ease. Defensively, Blakeney has all of the tools to be a lockdown defender-length, athleticism, lateral quickness-but found himself out of position on several instances.
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