COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP : Georgia Misses Often, Still Beats Georgia Tech
Georgia was able to turn a negative into a positive.
The Bulldogs shot only 37% but turned the misses into offensive rebounds that produced a 66-65 upset of No. 13-ranked Georgia Tech Wednesday night at Atlanta.
“One of the reasons we got so many offensive rebounds is because of all the shots we missed,” admitted Georgia Coach Hugh Durham, whose team had a 22-5 edge in offensive rebounds.
“We did take some questionable shots at the end of the game, but our defense pulled us out of it. We did what we had to do on the defensive end.”
Georgia (5-2) made only six of 17 free throws and didn’t score after Litterial Green’s basket with 3:03 remaining gave the Bulldogs a 66-61 lead.
Malcolm Mackey’s dunk with 2:51 left and Matt Geiger’s two free throws with 2:04 remaining made it 66-65 but Tech’s Jon Barry committed a turnover with 1:31 left and then missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.
No. 2 Arizona 127, Northern Arizona 81--Reserve Deron Johnson scored 26 points and the Wildcats trounced the Lumberjacks at Tucson.
Johnson made 11 of 15 shots, including all four three-pointers he took.
Arizona (5-0) won its 66th consecutive game at home and has beaten Northern Arizona (3-3) 18 times in row.
Matt Othick had 20 points and 14 assists and Chris Mills scored 20 points for the Wildcats.
No. 4 Ohio State 82, UC Santa Barbara 75--Jim Jackson scored 24 points and Jamaal Brown added 21 to lead the Buckeyes (6-0) over previously undefeated UC Santa Barbara at Goleta.
Lucius Davis paced Santa Barbara (5-1) with 30 points, including 10-for-14 shooting from the field and 10 for 12 from the free-throw line. He also had eight rebounds.
No. 20 Alabama 107, Citadel 67--Andre Perry and James Robinson each had 23 points and the Crimson Tide routed the Bulldogs at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Alabama (7-1) led, 47-33, at halftime and kept pouring it on in the second half, building its biggest margin at 104-58. Andre Harris had 16 points for The Citadel (4-6).
No. 21 Wake Forest 74, VMI 43--Rodney Rogers had 29 points and 13 rebounds as the Demon Deacons trounced the Keydets at Winston-Salem, N.C.
VMI (2-4) closed to within 20-18 with 8 1/2 minutes left in the first half, but Wake Forest scored the last 21 points of the half for a 41-18 lead.
No. 23 Georgetown 89, St. Leo 51--Alonzo Mourning collected 21 points, 12 rebounds and blocked six shots as the Hoyas (5-1) coasted at Landover, Md.
St. Leo (4-4), a Division II school, was outscored, 30-8, over the final nine minutes of the half, which ended with the Hoyas (5-1) leading, 53-25.
Sean Jackson’s three-pointer with 1:47 left in overtime helped Princeton (6-3) rally for a 50-47 victory over North Carolina State (4-2) at Raleigh, N.C. . . . DeRon Hayes had 20 points to lead Penn State (7-0) to a 80-65 victory over Drexel (4-2) at Philadelphia, giving the Nittany Lions their best start in 66 years. . . . Tanoka Beard scored 19 points as Boise State (5-3) gained a 54-50 victory over St. Mary’s (3-5) at Boise, Ida. . . . David Booth’s 24 points and Stephen Howard’s 23 points led DePaul (4-3) to a 90-77 victory over Northern Illinois (1-4) at Chicago for the Blue Demons’ 47th consecutive victory at Alumni Hall since the 1977-78 season. . . . Ervin Johnson had 16 points and 14 rebounds as New Orleans (4-3) held off Virginia, 54-52, at New Orleans. Bryant Stith had 17 points for Virginia (3-2). . . . Allan Houston scored 24 points and Tennessee (4-3) cruised to a 93-58 victory over East Carolina (3-3) at Knoxville, Tenn.