NCAAB Game Recap - Sam Houston State at Georgia
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:00 PM EST

ULLa
76
Kansas
89
F
Copp
40
UVA
97
F
ArkLR
59
Nev
87
F
TNTec
58
UNC
108
F
E KY
68
KansSt
95
F
Syr
65
Oreg
80
F
VaTec
88
NE
60
F
LongB
51
MisSt
79
F
StFPA
58
UCLA
95
F
LaTec
67
LSU
74
F
Purd
79
David
58
F
Wake
66
CS-Ful
59
F
Mont
93
InWor
66
F
APSU
80
CenCT
78
F
Nich
54
Baylor
81
F
CBap
79
Tuls
82
F
OrSt
61
OlDom
56
F
Ball
61
Alab
79
F
StJos
57
UCF
77
F
MiaO
89
NDSt
78
F
FlaAM
59
Campbl
66
F
KennSt
52
Mizzu
55
F
AF
72
UMBC
77
F(2OT)
App
76
WichSt
82
F
Ohio
46
SoFL
73
F
CoCar
53
Manh
55
F
Jacksn
71
SEMO
77
F
GaSo
80
FlAtl
70
F
SacHr
79
Army
78
F
MorSt
99
UMKC
89
F
NrthIA
71
Penn
78
F
FlInt
77
Ford
83
F
Stony
70
HolyC
84
F
HiPt
60
SDak
56
F
Valpa
64
Monm
53
F
GWebb
97
Savan
77
F
WIMil
63
Cin
74
F
LoyMD
67
Temp
81
F
Bingha
54
NW
82
F
(N/A)
57
UNCG
105
F
TN-M
60
Mercer
77
F
How
68
UMass
63
F
Hof
69
MD
80
F
(N/A)
57
FaDi
85
F
SCSt
69
Clev
84
F
UNH
44
Amer
68
F
DelSt
73
Longw
89
F
StJon
84
Rut
65
F
IUPUI
70
Rich
78
F
Harv
74
URI
76
F
Vermt
78
Lou
86
F
Lib
77
Kent
70
F
SamH
64
UGA
75
F
IPFW
80
Dayt
91
F
ChiSt
46
Akr
87
F
UConn
72
Iowa
91
F
GTown
52
LoyMa
65
F
UNCA
50
NoKY
77
F
LoyLA
79
McNee
78
F
UMassL
74
Brown
82
F
ChaSo
73
MidTN
76
F
JMU
64
Charl
59
F
ECU
54
GaTec
79
F
SDSt
78
FlGlf
84
F
TXAMC
73
TexAr
67
F
Tows
65
Pepp
74
F
(N/A)
36
Murr
106
F
Miss
76
Butl
83
F
Alc
54
Vand
79
F
Citad
69
Tex
97
F
Gram
64
LoyIL
80
F
WIGB
82
E WA
78
F(OT)
Chat
54
SthAL
73
F
Web
78
CenMI
76
F
Norf
58
Sien
61
F
Princ
57
Leh
72
F
Colum
83
YSU
94
F
UtVal
46
UtSt
65
F
NebOm
75
Colora
79
F
ArkSt
72
GrCan
96
F
W Ky
63
WVU
57
F
Niag
72
Wyo
67
F
Oakl
61
UNLV
74
F
JackSt
53
Bois
70
F
AzSt
USF
PPD
CAPoly
Sac
PPD
Woff
Stan
PPD

Nov 16, 2018, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Sam Houston State (2-3)

33

31

64

Georgia (2-1)

38

37

75

Claxton sparks 11-0 run that lifts Georgia past Bearkats
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:38 PM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) With Georgia trailing by five points, its 3-point shot not falling and less than eight minutes remaining, Nicolas Claxton and the Bulldogs found a different gear.

Claxton scored 13 points, including two straight layups in an 11-0 run which brought Georgia back from a second-half deficit, and the Bulldogs beat Sam Houston State 75-64 on Friday night.

"We felt like the game was starting to slip a little bit so we just came out real aggressive and did what we had to do," Claxton said.

Rayshaun Hammonds led Georgia (2-1) with 15 points.

Sam Houston State led 55-50 before Claxton scored the first five points of the decisive streak of 11 unanswered points to take the lead. Claxton was fouled by RJ Smith on his first layup. After missing the free throw, Georgia grabbed the rebound and fed the ball back to the 6-foot-11 Claxton, who again drove to the basket for a layup and a 55-all tie.

E'Torrion Wilridge and Hammonds added baskets to cap the 11-0 run for a 61-55 lead that helped the Bulldogs avoid the loss in first-year coach Tom Crean's second home game.

Georgia won despite making only 4 of 22 3-pointers. The Bulldogs committed only 11 turnovers, including only four in the second half, and outscored the Bearkats 29-5 at the free-throw line.

Claxton made 7 of 11 free throws. Tyree Crump, who had nine points, made each of his six free throws.

"The game is always giving you something," Crean said. "Tonight we weren't making the 3s. We were in a tough fight with them but we found a way to get fouled and to get on the glass."

Smith led Sam Houston State (2-3) with 14 points. Cameron Delaney added 13 points - all in the first half - for the Bearkats, who were coming off a 74-59 loss at No. 19 Clemson on Wednesday night.

Sam Houston State coach Jason Hooten said his players "gave it everything they had."

"We just ran out of time tonight and fell a little short," Hooten said. "Probably my biggest disappointment was the finish. We didn't really finish how I wanted to. There was about a five-minute stretch there where we just didn't execute on offense and really couldn't make a shot."

Tye Fagan's 3-pointer late in the half helped Georgia lead 38-33 at the break.

BIG PICTURE

Sam Houston State: Led by Smith and the Delaney twins, Josh and Cameron, the Bearkats used their quickness and quick, decisive passes to make up for their size disadvantage. Ultimately, poor shooting was too much to overcome as the visitors shot only 38 percent (25 of 66) from the field. Kai Mitchell had a game-high 11 rebounds.

Georgia: The Bulldogs struggled in their half-court offense, unable to find points when their 3-point shot wouldn't fall. Led by the athletic Claxton, the rebuilding team showed poise in the second-half comeback, but more fine-tuning in the half-court offense will be needed before Georgia begins its Southeastern Conference schedule.

TRACKING DEFLECTIONS

Claxton had team-high totals of eight rebounds and three blocks. Crean was more excited about a less-traditional statistic.

"He had 18 deflections," Crean said, adding he considers that to be a crucial statistic.

"We live by it," Crean said. "Deflections are huge. They're a barometer of active defense."

Crean, the former Indiana and Marquette coach, said he has "only coached four other guys, and all played in the NBA, who ever had more than 18 deflections in a game."

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS

The Bulldogs struggled to take advantage of their big edge in size. The Bearkats started four guards with 6-foot-7 forward Kai Mitchell. Sam Houston State, from the Southland Conference, grabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the first half, leading to eight second-chance points that helped keep the game close.

Georgia finished with a 40-36 advantage in rebounds.

UP NEXT

Sam Houston State: The game was linked with the Cayman Islands Classic, which continues when the Bearkats face Jackson State on Monday.

Georgia: The Bulldogs will play Illinois State on Monday at Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands Classic. The tournament continues Tuesday when the Bulldogs face Akron or Clemson.

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Leaders

Sam Houston State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
X. Bryant 0 0 1 0 0 0
R. Smith 14 0 0 4 0 0
Georgia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
I. Sargiunas 0 0 0 1 0 0
R. Hammonds 15 0 0 7 1 1

Team Comparison

SamH UGA
Points For 64 75
Field Goals 25/66-38% 21/49-43%
Three Pointers 9/27-33% 4/22-18%
Free Throws 5/7-71% 29/38-76%
Offensive Rebounds 15 12
Defensive Rebounds 21 28
Rebounds 44 43
Blocks 1 8
Steals 2 5
Turnovers 11 11
Personal Fouls 29 15
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 16 SamH 64 @ UGA 75 Z. Nutall 2 T. Hightower 2

Game Information

Stadium: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
Attendance: 7,195
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