Winthrop Narrowly Loses At SEC Foe, Georgia

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

WINTHROP LEADERS

GEORGIA LEADERS

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

FIRST HALF

  • 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

SECOND HALF

  • 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

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • 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

NOTABLES

  • 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

ON TAP FOR WINTHROP
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.

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