Georgia falls to Youngstown State 68-56 in Legends Classic

UGA BasketballGeorgia got off to an abysmal start Monday night and fell to the Youngstown State Penguins 68-56 in a regional game of the 2012 Legends Classic. The loss drops the Hoop Dawgs to 1-1 on the season.

The Penguins raced out to an 8-0 lead to start the game before Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit finally a three-pointer just over four minutes into the game. Georgia then went scoreless for almost four more minutes and found themselves down 12-3.

It didn’t get much better in the first half as Youngstown State took a 25-14 lead into halftime. The Bulldogs finished the half making only 3 of 24 shots from the floor (12.5%).

Five minutes into the second half, Caldwell-Pope hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 32-29. But he picked up his third foul and was sent to the bench by head coach Mark Fox.

That proved to be the wrong move as Georgia went scoreless for the next 4:35 and the Penguins increased their lead to 38-29. Caldwell-Pope would later hit a basket to cut the lead to 40-33, but the Dawgs couldn’t get any closer.

“That was a frustrating loss,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “They came in here and beat our tail. We set the game back 10 years the way we played offensively in the first half.”

Caldwell-Pope finished the game with 27 points, six rebounds and four steals. He was the lone bright spot for Georgia despite his cold start. The four other UGA starters combined for only 18 points on 4-of-28 shooting. Marcus Thornton scored 8, Sherrard Brantley 7, Nemanja Djurisic 2 and Vincent Williams 1.

Tim Dixon came off the bench to add eight points in the loss. John Florveus, who scored three, was the only other Bulldog with points.

Overall, Georgia shot 32.1% from the floor (17-of-53) and 37.5% from three-point range (6-of-16). The Dawgs were outrebounded 34-28 and committed 15 turnovers, which was one less than Youngstown State.

Georgia’s next game is Thursday, Nov. 15 at home against Southern Miss (8 p.m. ET, FSN). It’s the second regional game in the 2012 Progressive Legends Classic. The Bulldogs advance to the semifinals in Brooklyn regardless of the results of tonight’s game or Thursday vs. USM.

More in UGA Basketball

UGA-UK 2016

Georgia Stumbles at Kentucky

UGA Sports CommunicationsFeb 10, 2016
UGA-UK 2015

Hoops Preview: Georgia at Kentucky

Brandon SudgeFeb 9, 2016
Georgia-Florida

Georgia-Florida Pegged For “Super Tuesday”

UGA Sports CommunicationsFeb 9, 2016
UGA Basketball

Bulldogs Shut Down Auburn at Home

UGA Sports CommunicationsFeb 6, 2016
Fans cheer on the Bulldogs during the final moments of their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Stegeman Coliseum on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Athens, Ga. (Photo by David Barnes)

Hoops Preview: Georgia Hopes to Continue Momentum Swing vs. Auburn

Brandon SudgeFeb 6, 2016
Georgia-South Carolina

UGA Downs No. 25 South Carolina at Home

Kevin KelleyFeb 2, 2016
Georgia-Baylor

UGA Falls to No. 17 Baylor on the Road

UGA Sports CommunicationsJan 31, 2016
UGA-LSU 2016

Bulldogs Fall Short at LSU

UGA Sports CommunicationsJan 26, 2016
UGA Basketball

Hoops Preview: Georgia Begins Crucial Stretch at LSU

Brandon SudgeJan 26, 2016
UGA-Arkansas

Bulldogs Win Overtime Thriller Against Arkansas

UGA Sports CommunicationsJan 23, 2016
UGA-TAMU

Hoops Preview: Arkansas at Georgia

Brandon SudgeJan 23, 2016
The Georgia student section attempts to distract Texas A&M guard Danuel House (23) at the free throw line. (Photo by Ted Mayer)

A Look Ahead for Georgia Basketball

Brandon SudgeJan 23, 2016

© 2016 SicEmDawgs.com
Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties