Georgia Tech Tops Georgia, 68-56
|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Georgia Tech 68, Georgia 56
|Dayton 74, Alabama 62
|Florida 78, Arizona 72
|Vanderbilt 87, Davidson 83
ATHENS, Ga.---A stingy Georgia Tech defense held Georgia (4-5) to just 34 percent shooting for the game, and propelled the Yellow Jackets to a 12 point victory Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia senior Gerald Robinson led the Bulldogs with 20 points. Freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and junior Vincent Williams each tallied ten points apiece, while sophomore Marcus Thornton led Georgia with six rebounds
“That was a very disappointing loss. We’re not a very good basketball team right now and that’s my responsibility,” said head coach Mark Fox. “Our defense collapsed on us in the second half but you have to give Georgia Tech credit. Their defense in the second half was better than our offense. That was just a disappointing loss.”
Georgia led for nearly the entire first half, grabbing it’s largest lead of seven with 2:24 remaining.
At the 15:14 mark in the second half, Georgia lost its lead for the final time, when Georgia Tech’s Daniel Miller hit a baseline jumper to tie the game at 33.
The Yellow Jackets overwhelmed the Bulldogs in the paint, outscoring Georgia 34-14.
For Georgia Tech, freshman Daniel Miller led the way, scoring 10 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Four other Yellow Jackets tallied double figure point totals.
Alabama Men’s Basketball Falls at Dayton, 74-62
DAYTON, Ohio - In its first true road game of the season, the Alabama men’s basketball team fell to the Dayton Flyers by a score of 74-62.
Junior forward Tony Mitchell led the No. 15 ranked Crimson Tide (6-2, 0-0 SEC) with 18 points and three rebounds. Sophomore guard Trevor Releford scored all 13 of his points after the break, while senior forward JaMychal Green added a dozen points of his own. Freshman guard Trevor Lacey contributed eight points and four assists off the bench.
“Dayton came out with great passion and brought the energy they needed to bring,” UA head coach Anthony Grant said. “We played like a team that was playing its first road game. We didn't play with the focus and intensity needed to beat a team like Dayton on their home court.”
Alabama struggled to find its rhythm in the first half. Green scored the Tide’s first six points in the first four minutes, but found himself in foul trouble in that span and was on the bench the remainder of the half. Mitchell led the team in the first half with 12 points. Alabama went into the break trailing 38-27 after Lacey made a three-pointer to end the half.
The Tide continued to struggle until halfway through the second half when they were able to narrow the gap with an 11-0 run. Dayton had led by as many as 17 points, but the Tide cut the lead to six points and trailed 57-51 with just over eight minutes remaining in the game. However, it was not enough as the Flyers pulled away to win the game by a dozen after shooting 52.6% from three-point range on the night.
Dayton (6-3, 0-0 A-10) was led by senior forward Chris Johnson, who scored 20 points on eight-of-nine shooting, including a trio of three-pointers.
Florida Wins In OT Against Arizona
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- There’s a lesson wrapped in there somewhere. Maybe Florida’s two best scorers learned something along the way. Maybe it’ll sink in when they review the tape.
The best thing to be said about the 12th-ranked Gators and their cockeyed-shooting backcourt Wednesday was they persevered against one of the sleekest and most athletic teams in the country, eventually coming away with a 78-72 overtime victory against the Arizona Wildcats that was as inexplicable as it was exhilarating.
Patric Young had his finest game as a Gator, scoring a career-high 25 points and clearing 10 rebounds, but it was the awakening of senior point guard Erving Walker, junior shooting guard Kenny Boynton and the Florida defense down the stretch that turned the game and jolted the O’Connell Center crowd of 10,531 when the home team needed it most.
“This answers a lot of questions about our team -- like when guys are having bad nights, are they still helping the team?” Young said. “Kenny was struggling offensively shooting, and Erv [too], but those guys really picked it up defensively in the end.’’
Walker and Boynton combined to tally 11 of UF’s final 13 points in regulation, then nine of 12 in overtime. In between, the Gators (6-2) had to withstand a controversial three-shot foul with five seconds left that allowed Solomon Hill to hit a trio of pressure-packed free throws and send the game into overtime and UF’s players to the bench feeling they’d let a great opportunity slip away.
“I think our guys probably could have come to the huddle, disappointed and disenchanted the game is going to overtime. ... I know I was pretty annoyed going to overtime,” UF coach Billy Donovan said. “But they battled and fought and found a way to win the game. I don’t believe it was one of our better games. i don’t believe we played very intelligently.”
Vanderbilt Tops Davidson
DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP)-- Jeffery Taylor scored a career-high 30 points and center Festus Ezeli added 15 points in his first action this season as Vanderbilt withstood a late rally to beat Davidson 87-83 on Wednesday night.
The 6-foot-11 Ezeli didn't start, but played 21 minutes and was a huge presence inside with six rebounds and two blocked shots before fouling out.
John Jenkins had 21 points for the Commodores (6-3).
De'Mon Brooks led Davidson (6-2) with 24 points.
Vanderbilt led by as many as 18, but the Wildcats pulled within 86-83 with 22.7 seconds left. But Brad Tinsley sealed the win by hitting one of two foul shots with 8.9 seconds left.