Georgia men’s basketball defeats Mercer University

Posted Dec. 18, 2012, at 9:14 p.m.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17 points as host Georgia snapped a three-game losing streak with a 58-49 men’s basketball victory over Mercer on Tuesday night.

Charles Mann added 10 points and the Bulldogs (3-7) made their free throws down the stretch to win for only the second time in nine games and beat Mercer (6-6) for the 16th consecutive meeting.

Anthony White Jr. scored nine points and Daniel Coursey added eight to pace the Bears in a matchup of two teams that rank among the bottom 40 nationally in scoring.

Mercer opened the second half on a 7-0 run to move in front 27-26 but the Bulldogs responded with seven straight points before Sherrard Brantley buried a pair of 3-points to give Georgia a 39-31 lead with just under 12 minutes left.

A jumper by Langston Hall cut the deficit to 47-43, but Caldwell-Pope and Mann each canned a pair of free throws before a dunk by Mann gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead at 53-43 with 3:24 to play.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Georgia finished 13 of 16 from the free-throw line, including six straight down the stretch. The Bulldogs went 20-for-37 from the stripe in an overtime loss to Iona last time out. … Mercer shot 31.4 percent overall (16 of 51) and connected only 6 of 26 3-point attempts in failing to reach 50 points for the fourth time this season. … Brantley’s back-to-back 3-pointers in the second half doubled his point total from the previous four games combined.

No. 15 Dayton 90, Akron 59: Andrea Hoover scored 15 of her 18 points in the first half as the visiting Flyers used a fast start to rout their instrastate rival and remain undefeated.

Cassie Sant also scored 18 points — 12 coming after halftime — and Samantha MacKay added 13 and 10 assists as Dayton (11-0) reached 90 points for the fifth time this season in the opener of a four-game road trip.

Olivia Applewhite was also in double figures with 15 points and Ally Malott contributed eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Flyers, who led by as many as 26 points in the first half and 33 in the second.

Rachel Tecca scored 13 points and Hanna Luburgh added 12 for the Zips (8-3), whose previous two losses came by a combined three points.

Dayton hit 7 of 12 3-pointers to take a 39-18 lead with just under 8 1/2 minutes left in the opening half and stretched it to 46-20 before Akron used a 13-4 run to get within 50-33 at the break. Any thoughts of a comeback were quickly squashed when the Flyers scored the first nine points of the second half.

No. 18 UNLV 62, Texas-El Paso 60: Sophomore guard Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 12 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists as the visiting Runnin’ Rebels held off a furious rally by the Miners to pick up their seventh straight win.

UNLV (9-1), which led by as many as 15 points early in the second half, was outscored 7-2 in the final three minutes. The Miners (3-5) had a chance to win it after Dejean-Jones missed a pair of free throws with 15.2 seconds left, but senior guard Konner Tucker’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with two seconds left wasn’t close and Dejean-Jones grabbed the game-sealing rebound.

Tucker, a transfer from Sam Houston State playing his first game of the season, finished with 12 points including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. He had to side-step leaping UNLV guard Katin Reinhardt on his potential game-winning jumper, which hit the back of the rim.

Senior point guard Anthony Marshall, the object of a box-and-one from UTEP, scored 11 points for the Rebels and senior forward Quintrell Thomas added four points, including a rebound basket with 2:06 to go that proved to be the game-winner. UNLV made 8 of 17 3-pointers (47.1 percent).

Sophomore swingman Julian Washburn scored a game-high 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead UTEP.

GAME NOTEBOOK: UNLV F Anthony Bennett, who came into the contest leading all freshman nationally with a 20.3 scoring average, finished with 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting … Sophomore F Khem Birch, a former McDonald’s All-American who transferred to UNLV last season at midyear from Pittsburgh, made his Runnin’ Rebel debut and scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in 14 minutes. … UTEP wore special Texas Western throwback uniforms honoring the school’s 1966 NCAA championship team.

 

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