COLLEGE PARK, MD. – Georgia Southern Men's Basketball gave Maryland a fright on Saturday night at the Comcast Center, trailing by just three points at halftime before the Terps took the 70-53 result. C.J. Reed led the team with 15 points on the night with a pair of three-pointers and some solid drives to the basket. The Eagles out-played the Terps on Saturday night as Georgia Southern gets primed for the SoCon opener at home against Elon on Wednesday.
"Our players out-played the Terrapins and our game plan gave Maryland trouble," said Head Coach Charlton "C.Y." Young. "We gave these guys a game, but our shots didn't fall as well as we would have liked tonight. Our guys did a lot of things we wanted to do, but we made some mental errors that really cost us tonight."
Reed led all scorers with 15 points in his best performance in Eagle colors. He also tallied a pair of assists while sharing team-high rebounding honors with Eric Ferguson at five boards. Ferguson scored 13 points in the contest with three steals and a pair of assists. As a unit, GSU was out-rebounded 49-25 by a long Maryland squad.
The Terrapins put four scorers in double-figures paced by 13 points from Charles Mitchell. He also had 11 rebounds. Logan Aronhalt went 4-for-4 from downtown with 12 points.
Tre Bussey added three three-pointers to finish the game with 11 points. Brian Holmes went scoreless, but contributed with three of the Eagles' 10 steals. GSU forced the Terps into 17 turnovers which the Eagles converted into 23 points. The Terrapins, however, scored 37 of their 70 points off the bench.
The Eagles raced out to an early 9-1 lead with a trio of three-pointers in the first three minutes of the game.. The Eagles forced 10 first half turnovers off six steals to keep the margin down to three points at the interval.
Out of the halftime break the Eagles slowed from the field as Maryland started the second half with a 22-9 run. That set the table for the Terps to outscore the Eagles 41-27 in the final 20 minutes. GSU shot just 32.3% from the field in the second half while the Terps shot 58.6% in the final stanza.
With the loss, GSU falls to 2-3 on the year while Maryland improves to 5-1 overall.
Following Saturday's game, GSU returns home to open SoCon play against Elon on Wednesday night. The game against the Phoenix starts at 7 p.m. inside Hanner Fieldhouse.
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Armstrong Atlantic State University senior guard Aric Miller recorded the Pirates' first triple-double in more than 10 years with 26 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in an 86-75 win over Newberry College on Saturday evening at Alumni Arena in Armstrong's home opener.
The Pirates (2-1) won their second straight contest while holding a Newberry (2-3) squad that came into the contest averaging 94.2 points per game to its lowest scoring output of the season.
Miller scored the Pirates' first nine points of the contest as Armstrong built an early 15-5 advantage and carried that double-digit lead into the break, 48-37. In the second half, Newberry battled back and closed to within two, 70-68, with 6:43 remaining on Brandon Riley's two free throws.
Back-to-back layups by Antroine Williford and Kenny Bellinger pushed the lead back to six, 76-70, with 4:08 left, but Newberry again drew within a possession on a three-point basket by Quayshun Hawkins that made the score 78-75 with 1:45 left. With a minute remaining, senior J. C. Winn canned an open three-pointer in the corner to push the lead back out to six, 81-75, and the Pirates forced back-to-back turnovers, turning them into four points to push the lead back to double digits.
Miller's rebound off of a missed three-pointer by Hawkins with 20 seconds left gave him the board he needed to pull off the Pirates' first triple-double since Donta' Humphries notched 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in an 80-55 win over Kennesaw State on Feb. 23, 2002.
"I challenged Aric before this game," Armstrong head coach Jeremy Luther said. "He was a leader all week in practice for us leading up to tonight. All in all, I'm very happy - we're 1-0 in the region and picked up a win against a team that is going to win some games.
"I told our team that we're never up too much or down too much [against Newberry]. If we are down eight, or nine, we can score three buckets in a minute and a half because they don't know how to slow down."
Bellinger added 17 points as well for the Pirates, while Winn finished the night with 11 points off the bench. Newberry placed three players in double figures, led by Hawkins' 19 points. Xavier Holmes added 17 points and Dondray Walker chipped in 10.
The Pirates return to action on Monday, November 26th, hosting Allen at 7:30 p.m. at Alumni Arena.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Jasmine James scored 17 points, grabbed six steals and dished out five assists to lead No. 8 Georgia to a 72-42 victory over New Mexico in the championship game of the Lobos' Thanksgiving Tournament before 6,509 at The Pit on Saturday evening.
James was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by Jasmine Hassell, who scored 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor. Anne Marie Armstrong, Merritt Hempe and Khaalidah Miller all chipped in eight points, while Hempe secured a game-high nine rebounds. "The entire team played very, very well, but I'm so happy for Jasmine James," head coach Andy Landers said. "This is a kid who's been hurt, beat up, overplayed the past few years. Now, in her senior year she has the luxury of playing well and playing with people who play with her."
Hassell spotted Georgia (7-0) with a quick lead with consecutive buckets before New Mexico (5-1) tied the score at 4-4 41 seconds later. A steal and layup by Shacobia Barbee ignited a 10-0 Lady Bulldog run over the next 4:21. Georgia's defense turned into offense throughout the opening period as seven steals resulted in easy buckets on the other end.
The lead reached 20 points at 34-14 on a Hassell bucket with 3:09 remaining in the period. The Lady Bulldogs equaled their largest advantage of the period when a three-point play by Merritt Hempe with three-tenths of a second on the clock made it 40-17.
Georgia shot 50 percent from the field in the half and built a 23-point lead despite not hitting a 3-point basket in the period. The Lady Bulldogs dished out seven assists to just two turnovers and scored as may points off turnovers (17) as the Lobos did overall.
"We were pretty good defensively," Landers said. "This is a really good offensive team. They shoot the ball 30 or 40 percent from the three. For us to come out and hundcuff them was impressive."