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Athens, Ga — Fueled by a season-best offensive performance, the Georgia Bulldogs (16-12, 7-9) men’s basketball team powered past the LSU Tigers 93-82 in Stegeman Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
Senior forward Yante Maten led the Bulldogs’ season-high point production with 27 points and 11 rebounds, marking his 12th double-double of the season, as well as 15th 20-point game. Maten has scored in double digits in all but one game this season, and climbed into the No. 2 spot among all-time Georgia scorers. On defense, the senior tied his career-high in blocks with six.
With 21 points, freshman forward Rayshaun Hammonds notched a new career-high with his 11th double-digit game of the season. Redshirt senior guard Juwan Parker had his 14th double-digit game of the season, and fifth of the last six games, with 15, and junior guard Derek Ogbeide delivered his third-straight double-double with 10 rebounds and 10 points.
By John Frierson
Yante Maten is many things: senior forward for the Georgia men’s basketball team, low-key superstar, team leader, animal lover.
There’s no possible way to look this up, but this feels like a sure thing: the 6-foot-8 Maten, who had just a spectacular game in Georgia’s 93-82 victory against LSU on Saturday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum, could be the best basketball player to ever major in Fisheries & Wildlife.
“Since I was a kid I’ve always liked animals, always watched the Discovery Channel and that type of stuff,” Maten told me a year ago during a Quick Chat. “I guess that probably played into it and I always thought about maybe one day making my own rehabilitation center for some type of animals, or something like that.”
A native of Pontiac, Mich. — part of a wave of current Bulldog stars from Michigan, that includes freshman swimmer Camden Murphy (from Novi) and sophomore Gymdog Rachel Dickson (Canton) — Maten, in his penultimate appearance at Stegeman, lit up LSU: 27 points (going 10-for-14 from the field), 11 rebounds and six blocks, which tied a career high.
- #19 Georgia Lady Bulldogs (23-5, 11-4 SEC) vs. Florida (11-17, 3-12 SEC)
- Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 // Noon ET
- Stegeman Coliseum (10,523) in Athens, Ga.
- Radio: Georgia Bulldog Network by IMG // Jeff Dantzler (play-by-play) In Athens: 960 AM and 103.7 FM
- TV: SEC Network (Courtney Lyle – play-by-play; Tamika Catchings – analyst)
- Video: SECN+
|Coach: Joni Taylor|
|60-30 (3rd year) at UGA|
|60-30 (3rd year) overall|
|5-7; RS-So.; TR; Richmond, Va./Louisville|
|5-9; Sr.; 3L; Orlando, Fla./Edgewater HS|
|5-7; Fr.; HS; Riverdale, Ga./McEachern HS|
|6-2; Sr.; 3L; Powder Springs, Ga./Hillgrove HS|
|6-3; Jr.; 2L; Marietta, Ga./McEachern HS|
|Coach: Cameron Newbauer|
|11-17 (1st year at UM)|
|90-67 (5th year overall)|
|5-8; R-Jr.; Hampton, Australia|
|5-10; So.; Macclenny, Fla.|
|5-10; Sr.; Viera, Fla.|
|6-3; Sr.; Malmo, Sweden|
|6-3; Sr.; Iowa City, Iowa|
ATHENS, Ga. – Two victories for the Georgia baseball team against Charlotte, 6-4 and 10-7, earned the Bulldogs’ first series sweep of the 2018 campaign Saturday at Foley Field.
A three-run eighth inning lifted Georgia past the 49ers in game one, while senior Keegan McGovern belted three home runs in game two to pace the Bulldog attack. The three-homer game was the first since Rich Poythress did so against Ohio State in the NCAA Regional on May 29, 2009.
McGovern, Georgia’s senior two-hole hitter, finished 3-for-6 with four RBIs, three walks and five runs on the day. Other offensive contributors were senior designated hitter Michael Curry (4-8, 2 RBI, 2B, 2R, BB) and junior first baseman Aaron Schunk (3-8, 2B, 2R, 3 RBI).
Trailing 4-3 in the eighth inning of game one, the Bulldogs put across three runs to overtake the lead. McGovern and Shepherd walked, bringing up Curry who hit a screeching line drive to left field that was misplayed. McGovern and Shepherd scored on the play, giving Georgia the 5-4 lead.
ATHENS, Ga. – Behind 14 scoreless innings from three Georgia pitchers, the 14th-ranked Bulldogs cruised to a pair of victories against College of Charleston and ETSU in the 15th Annual Georgia Classic at Jack Turner Stadium on Saturday.
Junior Kylie Bass, sophomore Mary Wilson Avant and senior Brittany Gray gave up only two infield hits and three baserunners on the day. In the 6-0 College of Charleston topping, Bass (5-0) allowed only two baserunners, and Avant sealed the win with three scoreless innings. Georgia’s 7-0 win against ETSU featured senior Brittany Gray (6-0), who supplied a career-high 14 strikeouts, besting her career-outing the week before against Evansville.
On the offensive side, senior Cortni Emanuel matched the Bulldogs’ all-time stolen bases record in a single game with a career-high four stolen bases against College of Charleston. The left fielder coupled her seven total stolen bases with command at the plate, totaling four hits and three runs scored on the day.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Georgia track and field teams combined for two titles, four school records and had nine scorers during the first day of the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas, on Saturday.
Hall also set a school record in the 60-meter dash to qualify for the final while freshmen Tara Davis (60m hurdles) and Lynna Irby (200m) along with sophomore Jesscia Drop (3000m) each sped to the fastest times in school history. Georgia finished the day with nine qualifiers for Sunday’s finals.
In addition to Comenentia and Hall, seven more Georgia team members scored with a busy Sunday coming.
“I feel we had a great day one with a number of school records, NCAA qualifying marks, champions and more,” said Bulldog head coach Petros Kyprianou. “All of our groups responded well to our talk last night and showed up to give their best punch. I’m proud of all the scorers and qualifiers so far and looking forward to finish strong on Sunday. Anything can happen when you overcome yourself and put some great marks out there. It sends a signal and we have too many great competitors that refuse to lose. It is a championship season and we have to act like it. We don’t get the love other traditional track and field ‘powerhouses’ get but our student-athletes are working very hard to change that perception. Looking forward to Sunday and to see where we can be!”