UCLA forward Shabazz Muhammad (15) drives to the basket as Georgia guard Sherrard Brantley (23) defends during their game for third place at the Legends Classic at Barclays Center on Tuesday in New York.
UCLA freshman outshoots Bulldogs at FT line
NEW YORK — Hyped UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad took 11 free throws. Georgia took 10 as a team.
That, more than any other stat, told the story of the night for Georgia, which frittered away a strong start and lost to UCLA 60-56 Tuesday night in the consolation game of the Legends Classic tournament.
“I thought the difference in the game was the free-throw line,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “We didn’t get there enough, they got there a bunch and they outscored us about 14 points at the foul line in a low-scoring game.”
Muhammad finished with 21 points and made 8 of 11 free throws. Georgia shot 6 of 10 from the line and the Bruins overall were 20 for 30.
In the final minutes of a mostly dreary game, UCLA (4-1) took the lead with Muhammad on the bench, on baskets by Travis Wear and Jordan Adams, he re-entered with 1:58 left to play.
He made two free throws with 1:15 left, then scooped up a loose ball on the other end with a minute remaining and passed to Norman Powell, who was fouled attempting a layup. Powell made one of his free throws, and the Bruins closed it out at the line to rebound from a tough loss the night before and avoid a long flight back to the West Coast.
“It was obviously an important bounce-back win after a disappointing defeat last night,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “It felt really good to get the ‘W’ after the sting of defeat last night.”
Wear finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for UCLA, and Kyle Anderson had nine rebounds and nine points.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Bulldogs (1-4) with 16 points and had eight rebounds. Marcus Thornton had 10 rebounds for Georgia, which led by 11 about 3½ minutes before the break.
“We didn’t make the plays in the heart of the game that we needed to make,” Fox said.”
The Bruins got the second half off to a bright start, tying the game at 30 on Travis Wear’s midrange jump shot.
Georgia’s Caldwell-Pope answered with a quick 3-pointer before UCLA took its first lead following two free throws and Norman Powell’s 3-pointer with less than four minutes gone.
Earlier, Georgia outmuscled UCLA underneath, mostly finding Nemanja Djurisic for easy layups.
The play was not helped by the atmosphere. Empty seats outnumbered fans at the Barclays Center, and some of the fans were wearing Indiana gear, waiting for the Hoosiers’ appearance in the title game later in the evening.
Muhammad played 28 minutes in his first start of the season after playing as a reserve on Monday night in the Bruins’ 78-70 loss to unranked Georgetown.
He appeared winded in the final five minutes of the game, and had to take a breather before coming back on for the final two minutes.
“I thought I was getting more comfortable out there and I am definitely looking to build more chemistry with the team and really getting my defensive game going,” Muhammad said.
The 6-foot-6 Muhammad, one of the most highly sought after high school players last season, was declared eligible by the NCAA on Friday. In his first game, he finished with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting and was 2 of 4 from 3-point range in 25 minutes.
The NCAA said that UCLA’s sanctions against Muhammad were sufficient after the school required him to sit out three games and repay $1,600 in impermissible benefits. The NCAA and UCLA found that Muhammad accepted travel and lodging during three unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina.
VALDOSTA – It’s not often you’ll hear a coach call his star player scoring 26 points “a negative.”
But that’s exactly what Albany State women’s basketball coach did Tuesday night when asked to rehash the good and the bad from the Lady Rams’ season-opening loss to Valdosta State, 65-55.
“April Thomas scoring 26 points was a negative (Tuesday night) because we didn’t have a single player besides her score more than six points — and she took 24 shots to get that 26,” he said. “We need to have more balanced scoring, and we need to figure out how to do that fast. We have can’t have April taking 24 shots and everyone else standing there watching her.”
Skinner said the biggest positive to come out of the game was ASU’s defense.
“That may sound weird because we gave up 65 points and lost, but I thought our effort on defense was solid,” the coach said. “That’s something we can build on.”
The Albany State men, meanwhile, also played Valdosta State on Tuesday night, but that game was not over by The Herald’s press time.
The ASU women (0-1) will play again Saturday in Fort Valley against either Columbus State of Georgia Southwestern, while the men will next face the University of West Florida on Friday in Pensacola, Fla.
DARTON WOMEN STAY RED-HOT:
CUTHBERT — The Darton women’s basketball team won its fourth straight game and improved to 3-0 in Region XVII play Tuesday with an 81-46 victory against Andrew College.
Sophomore Michelle Mitchell, who has scored in double figures in each game this season and has led the Lady Cavs in every contest but one, had a team-high 24 points and seven steals. Point guard Jasmine Wilson added 15 points and eight assists, while Chanteniece Fann and Shronica Weaver scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Danni Cunningham led Andrew (1-5) with 10 points, while Brooke Hellman and Raven Favors each added nine.
The Lady Cavs (6-1) play again Saturday at 2 p.m. at home against Southern Crescent Tech.
IU STAYS PERFECT, TOPS HOYAS IN OT:
NEW YORK — A night after an ineffective game, Cody Zeller had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 1 Indiana to an 82-72 overtime win against Georgetown in the title game of the Legends Classic tournament on Tuesday night.
Jordan Hulls had 17 points for Indiana (5-0) and Yogi Ferrell had 14, including seven in overtime. His last points came on a 3-pointer he released just before the shot clock ran out, giving Indiana a 10-point lead with about a minute to go and, finally, clinching a game Indiana almost had wrapped up in regulation.
Victor Oladipo scored 12 points for Indiana and Christian Watford added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hoosiers, who took 36 free throws to Georgetown’s 10.
Markel Starks scored 20 points for the Hoyas (3-1), and Otto Porter, who fouled out in overtime, made a layup with 4.6 seconds to play that tied the game at 64.
Porter finished with 15 points.
NO. 7 FLORIDA 58, SAVANNAH STATE 40
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Rosario scored 13 points, Patric Young added a double-double and the Gators overwhelmed Savannah State.
Young finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high six blocks. It was his second double-double in four games, Erik Murphy chipped in 10 points for the Gators (4-0), who played the final 13-plus minutes without leading scorer Kenny Boynton.
Boynton sprained his left ankle when the landed on an opponent’s foot while driving to the basket. He went to the locker room, returned to the bench a few minutes later and then left for good with 7:47 remaining. The Gators next play Friday against UCF.
Rashad Hassan and Cedric Smith led Savannah State with 11 points apiece. Arnold Louis added nine points and 11 boards for the Tigers (3-3).
BUTLER 82, NO. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 71
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Maybe North Carolina should have just gone to the beach. Butler is the team to beat in Maui.
Rotnei Clarke and Kellen Dunham each scored 17 points to lead the unranked Bulldogs past No. 9 UNC, jumping out to a 17-point halftime lead and holding back several second-half surges from the Tar Heels in the second round of the Maui Invitational.
The Tar Heels (4-1) missed their first three shots and never led.
One day after a buzzer-beater over Marquette, Butler (3-1) held North Carolina to 18 points in the first half. It was by far the worst output in a half for the Tar Heels so far this season.
P.J. Hairston led UNC with 15 points.
NO. 11 UCLA 60, GEORGIA 56
NEW YORK (AP) — Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points and the Bruins made enough free throws late to hold off the Bulldogs in the consolation game of the Legends Classic tournament.
In the final minutes of a mostly dreary game, UCLA (4-1) took the lead with Muhammad on the bench, on baskets by Travis Wear and Jordan Adams, but the hyped freshman re-entered with 1:58 left to play.
He made two free throws with 1:15 left, then scooped up a loose ball on the other end with a minute remaining and fed Norman Powell, who was fouled attempting a layup.
Wear finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for UCLA, and Kyle Anderson had nine rebounds and nine points.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Bulldogs (1-4) with 16 points and had eight rebounds.
NO. 12 KANSAS 73, SAINT LOUIS 59
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jeff Withey matched a career high with 25 points, Travis Releford added 23 and the Jayhawks held off Saint Louis to win the CBE Classic.
Releford had 21 points in the first half, and Withey had 15 in the second, the inside-outside duo carrying the Jayhawks (4-1) despite every effort by the Billikens (2-2) and senior forward Cody Ellis to get back into the game in the waning minutes of the second half.
The Jayhawks improved to 16-4 all-time at the Sprint Center, the site of this season’s Big 12 tournament, and where they’ll play Oregon State in a nonconference game next week.
Ellis finished with 19 points for the Billikens. Mike McCall Jr. added 13 points, Cory Remekun had 10 points and Dwayne Evans pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
NO. 14 CREIGHTON 105, LONGWOOD 57
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Doug McDermott and Gregory Echenique scored 17 points apiece to lead four Creighton players in double figures, and the 14th-ranked Bluejays defeated Longwood.
Ethan Wragge and Will Artino each added 13 points for the Bluejays (4-0), who have won all their games this season by at least 20 points.
Jeylani Dublin had 19 points and Tristan Carey 14 for Longwood (0-4).
NO. 15 MICHIGAN STATE 74, BOISE STATE 70
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Keith Appling scored 22 points while Branden Dawson and Denzel Valentine made key contributions to help slow-starting Michigan State rally twice to beat the Broncos.
Appling was 8-for-14 from the field and delivered the critical three-point play in the final minute. Valentine had 12 points in his first career start, while Dawson added 10 points, five rebounds and three steals for the No. 15 Spartans (3-1), who suffered a major blow for at least one night when high-scoring freshman Gary Harris suffered a shoulder injury in the opening minute.
Derrick Marks scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half before fouling out with 2:37 left for Leon Rice’s Broncos (3-1).
NO. 22 CINCINNATI 91, CAMPBELL 72
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cashmere Wright scored a career-high 28 points and the Bearcats remained undefeated with a win over Campbell in the Global Sports Invitational.
Jaquon Parker set a season high with 21 points, and Sean Kilpatrick added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bearcats (4-0), who never trailed and led by as many as 25.
Cincinnati is scheduled to play its first road game Friday against Iowa State as the GSI continues in Las Vegas.
Darren White, who came in leading the Big South Conference with 25.5 points per game, bounced back from scoring just three in the first half to finish with 22 for Campbell (2-3).