NCAAB Game Recap - Oakland at Georgia
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:00 PM EST

SDak
53
Kansas
89
F
Princ
50
Duke
101
F
TexAr
55
Gonz
89
F
Buff
71
Syr
59
F
YSU
56
OhSt
75
F
N DA
66
Marq
92
F
WCU
60
Iowa
78
F
Alc
49
UAB
76
F
FlaAM
64
Oreg
71
F
App
73
GTown
83
F
Elon
76
KennSt
67
F
SoFL
82
FlInt
73
F
Drex
65
UConn
97
F
IUPUI
77
IPFW
87
F
StBon
76
Vermt
83
F(2OT)
UNCA
74
Stetsn
80
F
(N/A)
63
StFPA
96
F
Charl
83
Sien
58
F
Albany
43
Prov
73
F
Bingha
56
ND
69
F
Radf
58
UNCG
65
F
ChaSo
51
Clem
78
F
Citad
82
Campbl
76
F
MtStM
56
Amer
55
F
Xav
56
Mizzu
71
F
MorSt
67
WriSt
78
F
Oakl
69
UGA
81
F
TNSt
60
Akr
82
F
LACol
64
NWSt
84
F
AlSt
57
SamH
78
F
ULLa
80
McNee
67
F
Brad
74
GaSo
79
F(OT)
ECU
49
Charl
55
F
Nich
68
ULMo
95
F
Lib
75
Alab
84
F
Rice
75
TexPA
67
F
WilBa
62
NOrl
90
F
MOSt
63
ArkSt
71
F
(N/A)
47
LoyIL
75
F
Mercer
63
Fla
71
F
Evans
64
Murr
66
F
Presb
67
Butl
76
F
Chat
72
TN-M
75
F
SFA
59
Baylor
58
F
N AL
50
JacSt
64
F
N TX
74
NM
65
F
MTSt
64
Denv
76
F
HuTil
63
TXAMC
81
F
Crei
70
Okla
83
F
SDSt
74
E WA
64
F
SJSU
73
Stan
78
F
CAPoly
61
CSBak
74
F
USC
92
SCla
102
F(2OT)

Georgia 81, Oakland 69

Dec 18, 2018, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Oakland (4-8)

34

35

69

Georgia (6-4)

45

36

81

Georgia holds off Oakland comeback, wins 81-69
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:51 PM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Twice up by 17 points, Georgia was staring at a two-point lead against Oakland with five minutes to go and a nightmarish memory.

But the Bulldogs showed signs of progress, pulling away late for an 81-69 victory on Tuesday night. It was a reversal of Saturday's 76-74 loss to No. 20 Arizona State when the Bulldogs blew an 18-point lead.

Rayshaun Hammonds and Nicolas Claxton scored 17 points apiece for the Bulldogs. Claxton also had 13 rebounds and three blocks while Hammonds added 11 rebounds for his first career double-double.

Teshaun Hightower chipped in with 16 points and William Jackson II had 14 for Georgia (6-4).

Xavier Hill-Mais had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Grizzlies (4-8). Jaevin Cumberland added 14 points and Braden Norris had 13.

"Our team was down after that loss the other night," said Georgia coach Tom Crean. "They went at it the last two days. They practiced hard and were competitive. Bottom line, we found a way. I know that is a cliche, but it is true."

Jackson made four 3-pointers in the first half, one shy of a career best. He hadn't hit a 3 since Nov. 21. Crean credited better footwork and the fact that Jackson was playing off the ball more.

Jackson was averaging just 2.9 points. His fourth 3-pointer with 10:44 to go in the first half boosted the Bulldogs to a 27-10 lead.

Oakland coach Greg Kampe said his team's inexperience showed when it could not catch Georgia at the end. The Grizzlies lost all five starters from last year, and only Mount St. Mary's returned fewer minutes played from last season.

"We're a very young, inexperienced team, and I think we showed that tonight," Kampe said. "But we cannot make the mistakes we made during the game. You know, they've got to be there and learn from it."

Kampe said it was the hardest his team has played since the season opener.

"If we play that hard, and if (James) Beck will rebound (nine) like he did tonight, we've got a chance to be pretty good, and before this year's over. Now, there's still a lot of stumbling blocks out there. There still is."

After being down by 17 in the first half, Oakland got as close as 66-64 with 4:56 to play. Following a Georgia timeout, Claxton and Hightower scored on five straight possessions to help the Bulldogs pull away.

Georgia still had a 17-point lead as late as 6:37 in the first half when Hightower's 3 made it 37-20. But Oakland whittled it down to 45-34 at the break.

In the second half, the Grizzlies got as close as three when Norris hit a 3-pointer with 14:05 remaining to make it 51-48. Hightower answered with a 3 and two free throws to push the lead back to 56-48 with 13:08 remaining.

Hill-Mais then sparked a 10-2 run, hitting three free throws and two layups to make it 66-64 Georgia, prompting a Bulldog timeout with 4:56 to go.

Georgia capitalized on five straight possessions: a Claxton dunk and two free throws, an acrobatic runner by Hightower, another Claxton free throw, and a trey by Hightower to build a 76-64 lead with just 2:00 to play.

BIG PICTURE

Oakland: The Grizzlies were No. 20 in the country in turnovers per game at 10.9, but fell into Georgia's frenetic pace and committed 14, just one less than the Bulldogs, who were 345th in the country with 17.1 per game.

Georgia: The Bulldogs blew a double-digit lead against No. 20 Arizona State on Saturday, and were in danger of repeating the tragedy against Oakland, a much lesser opponent. The Bulldogs twice led by 17 points in the first half, but Oakland managed to get as close as 66-64 before Claxton and Hightower sparked the closing surge.

UP NEXT

Oakland returns to Michigan on Friday but plays at No. 10 Michigan State.

Georgia visits Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Bulldogs have won the last three games against Tech after losing four straight before that.

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Leaders

Oakland PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Pittman Jr. 0 0 0 0 1 0
B. Brechting 0 0 0 5 0 0
Georgia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. O'Neill 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Wilridge 0 0 3 2 0 1

Team Comparison

Oakl UGA
Points For 69 81
Field Goals 21/58-36% 26/62-42%
Three Pointers 10/27-37% 10/28-36%
Free Throws 17/24-71% 19/26-73%
Offensive Rebounds 8 14
Defensive Rebounds 26 33
Rebounds 36 50
Blocks 1 5
Steals 7 4
Turnovers 14 15
Personal Fouls 22 22
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Dec 18 Oakl 69 @ UGA 81 K. Newman 4 A. Ngumezi 2

Game Information

Stadium: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
Attendance: 7,518
Game Time: