Winthrop Narrowly Loses At SEC Foe, Georgia

Posted December 6, 2017 7:38 am | Filed under Featured, Sports, Winthrop Athletics, Winthrop Basketball

ATHENS, GA– Xavier Cooks scored a career-high 31 points in an 87-82 loss at Georgia, Tuesday evening in non-conference action. The Eagles fall to 5-4 on the year and Georgia improves to 7-1.



  • Yante Maten (25 points, 11 rebounds)
  • Turtle Jackson (14 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds)
  • Mike Edwards (11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists)


  • Xavier Cooks scored the first five points of the game for the Eagles as they trailed 10-5 at the 15:12 mark
  • Georgia answered with a 7-0 run behind five points from Yante Maten
  • Nych Smith killed the run with a three and went on to score seven straight points to make it a five-point game again at 17-12 with 11:11 left
  • Eagles trailed by nine points (36-27) with 3:42 left when the Eagles finished the half on an 11-4 run to trail 40-38
  • Winthrop shot 46 percent from the floor and forced nine turnovers leading to 13 points
  • Georgia Shot 39 percent (5-for-9 behind the arc) and finished with 13 second chance points and a 25-14 advantage on the boards


  • Eagles opened the second half strong and grabbed its first lead of the game at 44-42 with 17:17 to play on a basket inside from Cooks
  • Georgia came right back to tie before Anders Broman drilled a three for a 47-44 lead
  • Trailing 52-51 with 14:44 to play, the Eagles went on a 7-0 run for a 58-52 lead
  • The run started with a Kyle Zunic bucket and was capped of by an Anders Broman three
  • The Bulldogs came back to tie the game at 62-62 but Cooks hit a three to get the lead back
  • With the game tied 79-79 , Maten made a turn-around in the lane and then after a missed jumper from Austin AwadUGA went up four on a Turtle Jackson drive and score with 48 seconds to play
  • Winthrop shot 53 percent from the floor in the half and was 4-for-9 from three, but UGA could hardly miss as it shot 75 percent and was 14-for-19 from the line


  • Winthrop finished the game shooting 50 percent while the Bulldogs shot 53 percent
  • The Eagles were 14-for-19 at the foul line (74%) while Georgia was 23-for-32 (72%)
  • Cooks finished with a game-high 31 points on 11-of-24 shooting as he made nine of his final 13 shots
  • Nych Smith cracked double-figures off the bench with 12 points and Anders Broman added 11 points
  • The Eagles committed just eight turnovers in the game and forced 16 that led to 22 points
  • Georgia won the battle of the boards 40-24 and finished with 19 second-chance points
  • Georgia was led by Yante Maten’s 25 points as he paced five players in double-figures as Jackson added 14 and Mike Edwards scored 11 off the bench
  • Winthrop outscored the Bulldogs in the paint, 40-34


  • Cooks is closing in on 800 rebounds as he now has 794 (105 career games)
  • Nych Smith scored in double-figures for the 5th time off the bench this season
  • The Eagles streak of consecutive games of 85 or more points came to an end with a school record six straight
  • The Eagles did extend their streak of 80 or more games to seven, which is a school record

The Eagles will be off for exams and will not return to action until Saturday, Dec. 16 when they face Alabama State on the road at 2 p.m.