NCAAB Game Recap - Savannah State at Georgia
Fri Nov 9, 2018 8:30 PM EST

SIU
59
KY
71
F
ULLa
65
Tenn
87
F
Pacif
61
Nev
83
F
UNC
116
Elon
67
F
Wash
66
Aub
88
F
KennSt
41
KansSt
56
F
Buff
99
WVU
94
F(OT)
E WA
47
Oreg
81
F
GWebb
59
VaTec
87
F
APSU
67
MisSt
95
F
LongB
80
UCLA
91
F
NCC
51
Clem
71
F
UNCG
91
LSU
97
F
Drex
62
E MI
66
F
(N/A)
70
MidTN
102
F
(N/A)
58
NebOm
94
F
(N/A)
75
CSBak
111
F
IndSt
78
WIGB
74
F
WichSt
83
Prov
80
F
BGSU
80
StJon
84
F
Detr
67
Temp
83
F
Stan
72
UNCW
59
F
Morg
62
StFPA
80
F
FaDi
55
Rut
90
F
VMI
55
Pitt
94
F
Toled
87
Oakl
86
F
Piedm
52
Mercer
105
F
UNH
75
UMass
104
F
NE
81
Harv
71
F
Dart
76
David
79
F
Monm
74
Colg
87
F
Vermt
78
Boston
72
F
Ark
71
Tex
73
F(OT)
NoKY
88
NIU
85
F(2OT)
Mizzu
59
IaSt
76
F
Hamp
57
VACom
69
F
Stony
83
SCar
81
F
Longw
63
Rich
58
F
(N/A)
51
Princ
85
F
Leh
62
Mia-FL
83
F
Amer
78
GMas
75
F(OT)
ChaSo
46
Fla
76
F
ChiSt
60
CenMI
101
F
NFla
72
PSU
87
F
CoCar
85
Campbl
75
F
JacSt
72
Samf
92
F
OlDom
64
StJos
79
F
Brown
81
LongI
83
F
Lamar
69
GaTec
88
F
JWFL
47
FlInt
117
F
MtStM
61
Hof
79
F
WlmCry
57
SeLA
78
F
(N/A)
49
InWor
63
F
NJIT
74
Bingha
57
F
(N/A)
83
TXAMC
113
F
AF
57
TxSt
67
F
RobM
60
MOSt
74
F
(N/A)
62
Oral
79
F
MTSt
35
Ind
80
F
(N/A)
55
Alc
79
F
Furm
60
LoyIL
58
F
Rice
76
Penn
92
F
JMU
73
ECU
72
F
Albany
68
Iona
72
F
Okla
91
TexPA
76
F
JarCh
68
Gram
105
F
Savan
76
UGA
110
F
MD
78
Navy
57
F
McNee
52
AzSt
80
F
UTEP
69
NMSt
96
F
Hartfo
73
UtSt
100
F
(N/A)
56
N CO
126
F
GASt
74
Mont
81
F
MsVl
52
TxTch
84
F
IL-C
78
Radf
88
F
ArkSt
73
AbCh
94
F
(N/A)
53
Web
123
F
UCIrv
74
TexAM
73
F
SDCh
71
CBap
87
F
PVAM
81
SCla
64
F
USD
76
UCDav
57
F
UtVal
65
BYU
75
F
(N/A)
52
Sac
76
F
(N/A)
48
N TX
93
F
Yale
76
Cal
59
F
Portl
64
HI
82
F

Georgia 110, Savannah State 76

Nov 9, 2018, 8:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Savannah State (0-2)

34

42

76

Georgia (1-0)

59

51

110

Hightower leads Georgia past Savannah State in Crean's debut
Fri Nov 9, 2018 11:58 PM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Following his debut as Georgia's coach, Tom Crean already knew where his new team must improve.

"We've got to learn how play with a lead," Crean said.

Teshaun Hightower scored a career-high 18 points, Nicolas Claxton had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Georgia survived a slow start to the second half to beat Savannah State 110-76 on Friday night.

After leading by 25 points at halftime, Georgia's lead shrank to nine points early in the second half as Savannah State's frenzied 3-point assault began to pay off.

"Our energy dropped a little bit," Claxton said.

Following a missed jam by Georgia's Mike Edwards, Zaquavian Smith's 3 cut the Bulldogs' lead below 10 points, at 63-54, for the first time since the opening minutes.

William "Turtle" Jackson answered with a 3-pointer for Georgia, followed by Tye Fagan's three-point play, to push the advantage back to 15 points at 69-54. A jam by freshman Amanze Ngumezi with 4:46 remaining pushed the lead to 30 points for the first time at 96-66.

Crean said he was happy with the way his players responded to the mini-crisis.

"We weren't playing well and nobody panicked," Crean said.

Tyree Crump had 14 points, while making four 3-pointers, as Georgia (1-0) withstood 57 3-point shots by Savannah State (0-2). The Tigers made 17 3s.

"I've never coached against anything like this pace," Crean said.

Crean, the former Indiana and Marquette coach, is expected to raise Georgia from an also-ran in the Southeastern Conference. Former coach Mark Fox took Georgia to only two NCAA Tournaments in nine seasons.

Crean, who celebrated with fans in the students section following the game, couldn't have asked for a better start to his debut.

The Bulldogs scored the first 14 points of the game as Savannah State started off 0 for 12 from the field, including 0 for 8 on 3-pointers. Georgia led 59-34 at halftime.

Jahlin Smith led the Tigers with 20 points. Zaquavian Smith had 17.

Savannah State, playing only its third game against in-state rival Georgia, and its first since 2005, tested the Bulldogs by setting a fast pace. The Tigers, who led the nation in 3-point attempts and 12.2 3-pointers per game last season, continued their relentless long-range attack against Georgia.

"I've never played a team that shot the ball like that," Crump said. "We expected it, but I've never seen it like that in my life."

Crump said Crean remained calm when Georgia's lead began to shrink in the second half.

Crump said Crean's message was "keep fighting, execute the offense. Everything will take care of itself."

Crean has promised the Bulldogs also will spread the floor and rely heavily on 3s - though not at Savannah State's pace. Georgia made 11 of 27 3s.

BIG PICTURE

Savannah State: The Tigers rely on 3-pointers, and the results can be ugly when the shots aren't falling. Savannah State missed its first 12 shots from the field, including eight 3-pointers, while falling behind 14-0.

Georgia: The Bulldogs spread the floor and opened room for inside baskets early, including on back-to-back jams by Claxton to open the game. There was ample evidence the Georgia players are still learning Crean's offense. Bad passes played a big role in 23 turnovers.

STRONG START

Georgia's 59 first-half points were its most in a half since scoring 60 in the second half against Jacksonville State on Nov. 9, 2007, also a season-opener.

CAREER HIGHS

Claxton posted his first career double-double while setting career highs for points and rebounds. He set another high with five blocks.

UP NEXT

Savannah State: Host Middle Georgia on Sunday.

Georgia: At Temple on Tuesday night.

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Leaders

Savannah State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Bryant 0 0 0 1 0 0
T. Harper 0 0 5 4 1 0
Georgia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. O'Neill 0 0 0 1 0 0
T. Hightower 18 0 4 5 2 0

Team Comparison

Savan UGA
Points For 76 110
Field Goals 29/93-31% 40/70-57%
Three Pointers 17/57-30% 11/27-41%
Free Throws 1/3-33% 19/32-59%
Offensive Rebounds 17 14
Defensive Rebounds 24 48
Rebounds 44 65
Blocks 4 9
Steals 6 8
Turnovers 18 23
Personal Fouls 22 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2018-2019 Regular Season - UGA Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Nov 9 Savan 76 @ UGA 110 R. Hansen 2 C. Harrison 2

Game Information

Stadium: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
Attendance: 9,018
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