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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: November 12

    men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
    Youngstown State 68, Georgia 56
    Texas A&M 83, Troy 65


    Bulldogs Drop Decision To Youngstown State

    ATHENS, Ga. - Sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a career-high 27 points, but the Georgia Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season, falling 68-56 to Youngstown State in the Progressive Legends Classic on Monday evening at Stegeman Coliseum.

    Caldwell-Pope was the only Bulldog to score in double figures, and he added five three-pointers, six rebounds and four steals for Georgia (1-1). Kendrick Perry led the way for Youngstown State (2-0) with 23 points.

    "That's a frustrating loss," said Georgia head coach Mark Fox. "You have to give Youngstown State credit. They came in here to beat our tail and that's what they did. We played very poorly offensively in the first half, and it set the game back 10 years the way we played offensively in the first half. We shot 12 percent, but came back in the second half and shot 48 percent and only had four turnovers in the second half, where we had 11 in the first half. We can't play that immaturely offensively and have chances to win. We got beat, we didn't play well and we didn't play well the other night once we got a lead but we got away with it with a win. Today we didn't get away with it, and hopefully this will be a good stepping stone for us because it's certainly a teachable moment."

    Youngstown State opened the game on an 8-0 run, including a pair of layups by Shawn Amiker to begin the spurt. Caldwell-Pope broke the scoring drought for Georgia with a three-pointer at the 15:55 mark, but each team would then go three more minutes without a point.

    Caldwell-Pope scored the first five points of the game for the Bulldogs, and he would go on to score each of Georgia's three first-half field goals.

    Both teams committed 11 turnovers apiece in the first half but were unable to capitalize on the other end, as Georgia scored just two points off turnovers and Youngstown State scored four.

    The teams once again went scoreless for a three minute spurt midway through the first half before Youngstown State's Kamren Belin grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on the putback to extend the Penguins' lead to 16-6. Caldwell-Pope broke the Bulldogs' scoring drought with a baseline jumper on the left side off an assist by Sherrard Brantleyat the 4:07 mark to trim the Penguins' lead to 19-8.

    With the offense struggling in the first half for Georgia, the team was able to convert on seven of their 11 attempts from the charity stripe, including six in the final three minutes, to enter the break trailing 25-14.

    The Bulldog offense came alive at the start of the second half, as Georgia nailed a trio of three-pointers, including a pair from Caldwell-Pope and a deep trey from Brantley in the first three and a half minutes of play. John Florveusthen was fouled on a made lay-up and converted on the three-point play to pull the Bulldogs within six, 32-26, at the 16:23 mark.

    Caldwell-Pope continued to have the hot hand from downtown, draining his third three of the half and fourth of the game to trim the Penguins' lead to 32-29 with 15 minutes remaining.

    Youngstown State opened up a nine-point lead midway through the half, and the teams would continue to trade baskets until the Penguins rattled off a 6-0 run to once again open up the lead with just under 12 minutes remaining.

    Georgia shot 48 percent from the field in the second half, including 55 percent (5-9) from behind the arc. The Bulldogs also converted on nine of 10 attempts from the free throw line and turned the ball over just four times in the second period of play.

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    Turner Leads Aggies Past Troy

    COLLEGE STATION--Elston Turner scored a career-high 26 points to lead Texas A&M to an 83-65 win over Troy Monday night in the CBE Classic.
       
    Ray Turner and Fabyon Harris each added 14 points and Alex Caruso chipped in 13 in the winning effort. Hunter Williams led Troy (1-1) with 15 points, and Ray Chambers followed with 10.

    The Aggies (2-0), who leaped to a 45-29 halftime lead, shot 52.7 percent from the field compared to Troy's 43.6 percent. Elston Turner, the Aggies' leading scorer last season with 13.9 points per game, made 9 of 14 shots from the field, including four 3-pointers in seven attempts.

    A&M was particularly effective from the free-throw line, making 18 of 20. The Aggies also had 21 assists to only eight turnovers in a crisp early-season effort. Freshman J'Mychal Reese tallied a game-high six assists.