|MONDAY MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
|Georgia 87, Chattanooga 56
|Iowa State 99, Auburn 70
|Connecticut 65, Florida 64
|Texas 70, Vanderbilt 64
Bulldogs Overwhelm Chattanooga, 87-56
ATHENS, Ga.--Georgia junior Nemanja Djurisic scored 14 points to lead the Bulldogs to an 87-56 victory over Chattanooga on Monday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
Djurisic was one of 13 Bulldogs (3-4) to score in the game. Senior Marcus Thornton came up just short of his first career double-double, scoring eight points and grabbing nine rebounds.
"That certainly was a good win for us," said head coach Mark Fox. "We played really well in the first half, especially defensively. I thought that we came in with a good approach and good plan and really executed it well in the first half. It was a really good night for us, especially with the fact that Charles [Mann] didn't play much. It was a good win for us against a team that I thought was a really hard playing team."
Georgia never trailed, using a 19-4 run midway through the first half to gain a comfortable lead. The Bulldogs benefited from 14 first-half points from Djurisic--the most for any Bulldog in a half this season. Georgia's defense stifled Chattanooga (3-6) on the offensive end, holding the Mocs to just 19 percent shooting from the field in the first half.
In the second half, a nine-point spurt by the Mocs shrunk the Georgia lead to 26 points, but a dunk by Brandon Morris doused the Chattanooga momentum, and sent the Bulldogs on a 12-2 run to secure its second straight victory.
The Mocs were hindered by shooting just 29 percent from the field in the game. Georgia also held a 51-to-38 rebounding advantage which led to 54 points from the paint.
Georgia improves to 28-5 all-time in its series with Chattanooga.
After a break for final exams, Georgia will welcome the Lipscomb Bison (3-4) to Athens on Saturday, Dec. 14. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 4 p.m.
Auburn Falls At No. 17 Iowa State, 99-70
AMES, Iowa – The Auburn basketball team faced a tough challenge on Monday night in the Big XII/SEC Challenge, facing No. 17 Iowa State on its home court in Ames. Chris Denson gave Auburn 27 points and KT Harrell 19 but it wasn’t enough as Iowa State won, 99-70.
Auburn led 12-5 just over 5 minutes into the first half but then saw Iowa State go on a tear, tying it at 12-12 at the 11:24 mark and then scoring 12 of the next 17 points to lead 24-17 with 8:17 left in the half.
Iowa State would take a 47-28 lead into halftime as it shot 41.0 percent from the floor and 36.8 percent from 3 while Auburn shot just 26.7 percent from the floor and 18.2 percent from deep.
Iowa State continued its torrid shooting in the second half, shooting 50 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from deep in the second half, scoring 52 points in the period.
Auburn shot 35.5 percent from the floor in the second half and 26.1 from 3-point range, tallying 42 points in the half.
Auburn, which came into the game hitting 71.3 percent from the free throw line, was 20-for-24 at the stripe for a final mark of 83.3 percent.
Iowa State had five players in double figures, led by Dustin Hogue, who finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds.
Denson scored 14 of his points in the first half while Harrell had 9.
Auburn returns to the court on Sunday, Dec. 8, when it faces Illinois at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga.
Buzzer Beater Edges UConn Past Gators
STORRS, Conn. - UConn guard Shabazz Napier missed an off-balance shot with three seconds to go, but gathered the rebound at the free-throw line and knocked down a 15-footer at the buzzer to shock the Gators before a crazy crowd at Gampel Pavilion. UF played terrific defense in the final 17.7 seconds, but the ball took a fortunate bounce for the Huskies, who remained unbeaten with a fourth victory by two points or less. The loss was Florida’s second, after winning by one point in the last second Friday at home against Florida State.
Senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin left the game late after going down with an ankle injury. Wilbekin, who scored 15 points, went to the locker room and did not return. The Gators just can't catch a break on the injury front. Meanwhile, Patric Young had his best game of the young season, scoring 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting to go with seven rebounds and two steals.
UConn made 11 shots from the 3-point line, none bigger than Napier’s with 33.5 seconds left that came after two UConn offensive rebounds. Worse for the Gators? He was fouled on the play, thus erasing a 3-point UF lead and putting the Huskies up by one. Still, the Gators managed to retake the lead, but then came the frantic finish. Napier went 5-for-8 from the line.
The Gators (6-2) are off the rest of the week, but a much-anticipated O’Connell Center visit next Tuesday night from hotshot freshman Andrew Wiggins and No. 6 Kansas (6-1) as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The showdown with Jayhawks, who are at Colorado Saturday, will represent one of the biggest non-conference games in UF history and one of the most attractive ever at the O’Dome.
Texas slips by Vanderbilt, 70-64
AUSTIN, Texas - Vanderbilt's late comeback fell short against Texas and the Longhorns edged the Commodores 70-64 Monday night in the Big 12/SEC Challenge at the Frank Erwin Center.
Trailing by double digits numerous times, Vanderbilt (4-3) cut the deficit to one with 33 seconds to play on Eric McClellan's dunk. Vanderbilt had a chance to tie down three moments later, but the Commodores committed a turnover and Texas (7-1) held on to clinch the win.
In his Austin homecoming, McClellan scored a game-high 22 points for the Commodores. Josh Henderson added 12 points and Rod Odom had 11. Texas had four players in double figures, led by Isaiah Taylor with 14.
Vanderbilt will return home to prepare for its matchup with Marshall Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT at Memorial Gym.