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Wooden Legacy post-game notes & quotes, Georgia 64, Cal State Fullerton 57

Wooden Chips
• Cal State Fullerton’s Kyle Allman led all scorers with 34 points, which is the fourth most in Wooden Legacy history (Santa Clara’s Jared Brownridge had 44 in an OT game in 2015, Arizona State’s James Harding had 40 in 2008, and Portland’s Alec Wintering had 36 in 2016).
• Cal State Fullerton’s Kyle Allman scored 20 points in the second half, becoming the 14th player in tournament history to record at least 20 points in a single half, and the second one this evening to accomplish that feat.

Georgia (4-0)
• Playing in its third ESPN event (3-4 record in those).
• Yante Maten missed his first FT of the season, and is now 29-30 FT (.967) while the rest of the team is a combined 50-84 (.595).
• Yante Maten had three double-doubles in his first three games this season… tonight he grabbed just four rebounds.
• Georgia is one of two teams in this tournament to have the same starting lineup in every game this season (along with St. Mary’s).
• William Jackson set a career high with 16 points, with 14 coming in the second half… the 14 points in the second stanza alone was more than his previous career best (13).
• Defensively, Georgia has now held its four opponents this season to 82-235 FG (.349)… Georgia has won its last 44 games when holding opponents to .356 or worse (as it did tonight).

Cal State Fullerton (1-3)
• Playing in its third ESPN event (1-6 record in those).
• The closest game this year for the Titans was 19 points entering the tournament… dating back to last year the Titans have lost their last four games decided by seven or fewer points.
• Kyle Allman set a career best with 34 points… he had a total of 27 points this year in the three games entering the tournament… his 20 second-half points alone would have ranked as the fourth highest scoring game in his career.
• Cal State Fullerton finished with 21 rebounds, just one more than the record low for the tournament.

Georgia Head Coach Mark Fox
(On the team’s victory) – “Obviously it’s always good to win, it’s good to win a true road game. I thought that our experience and the fact that we’ve had a good team the past couple years really was key for us. We didn’t play particularly well in the first half, I thought Fullerton’s kids beat us to the punch on a lot of things in half number one but ultimately our experience found us a way to win.

(On the team’s change in the second half) – “We didn’t really make any adjustments at the half, we just tried to get our guys to calm down. We’re trying to replace a point guard that was terrific for us for about three years and we just have some guys that are taking baby steps in that role.”

(On the team’s progression) – Every game that we’ve played the opponent has been a little better than the last opponent we’ve played. We’re gradually playing better people and gradually getting better and trying to build our team and put it together. These tournaments are important because it’s a true tournament experience much like the league tournament will be playing back-to-back games.

(On facing his old assistant coach Dedrique Taylor) – “You never like to play your friends. I think he’s done a really good job, I think they have really good players like the one kid we couldn’t guard tonight (Kyle Allman) gets 30 plus… He’s done an excellent job, I think his team last year squeaked into the postseason and had winning record, they’re starting to build a culture here.”

Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Dedrique Taylor:

(On his team’s performance) – “We played a very good ball club tonight that ended up relying on what they do which is pounding that thing in the paint. I thought our team battled, I thought our team executed defensively as well as we have in the past. I thought we gave ourselves a chance, when you play a big team like that that’s all you want to do is give yourself a chance down the stretch. I thought our kids bought into the game plan, they executed the game plan, we just had a couple of mishaps and a couple shots didn’t fall our way and it put so much pressure on our defense. A couple of those baskets that Georgie scored down the stretch was almost like a touchdown.”

“We’ve got to learn and we’ve got to get better and we got to continue to fight. But for the most part I was proud of this group in terms of their execution, their fight, their competitive spirit but this is the early season and this is the early part of learning and getting to know each other and I thought kids came out and gave it everything they had tonight.”

(On what allowed Georgia to take the lead in the second half) – “I thought the zone, we kind of got stagnant, we stopped moving the ball side to side and stopped attacking at the rim and the couple opportunities we did have there we just came up short.”

(On the team moving forward) – “I think we’ve got to stay with what we’ve been doing. Continue to move the ball and continue to take care of the basketball…. We’ve got to find a way to really get Jackson (Rowe) touches and allow him to get himself going.”

Cal State Fullerton junior guard Kyle Allman:

(On scoring a career-high 34 points) – “My teammates just found me in the right spots and I was able to knock down shots and I  was confident in my shot.”

(On what was going through his head while in a good rhythm)  – “About time, because the games previous I wasn’t making shots and I started making shots.”