FULLERTON, Calif., November 26, 2017 – Five Bulldogs get into double-figures as Georgia upset No. 21 Saint Mary’s 83-81 in an overtime thriller.
Sophomore Tyree Crump led the way for Georgia with 17 points off the bench. Senior Yante Maten finished with 16 points and seven rebounds while fellow junior William Jackson II put up 15 points in the win. Redshirt senior Juwan Parker had 14 points and junior Derek Ogbeide was the final Bulldog in double-figures with 10 points to go along with nine rebounds.
Senior Jock Landale matched his career-high with 33 points on 16-25 (64%) from the field. He also pulled down 12 rebounds giving him his first double-double of the season. Redshirt senior Emmett Naar finished one assist shy of a double-double of his own, with 21 points and nine assists. Junior Evan Fitzner was the third and final Gael to get into double-figures with 14 points.
This game was a battle from the start. In the first half alone, there were 12 lead changes as both teams shot around 50% from the field. The largest lead of the half came from Georgia when they were up six with five and a half minutes to play. At the break, the Bulldogs found themselves up by just one point after a Landale layup in the final minute of the half.
Not much changed in the second half as Saint Mary’s shot 51.5% from the field and Georgia shot 48.3%. The Bulldogs saw their lead increase to eight points around the eleven-minute mark, but it was not enough as the Gaels fought back. A layup from Naar started a quick 7-0 run for Saint Mary’s and put them back in the game. With 21 seconds on the clock, Naar managed to split the defense and dish it to Landale for the easy dunk giving them a two-point lead. But the Bulldogs responded as Jackson drove his way through the lane and layed it in to tie it up at 71.
In overtime, the Bulldogs wasted no time as Ogbeide hit a jumper in the first 15 seconds. But of course the Gaels didn’t let them run away with it. In just the five minute overtime, the game saw four lead changes and the score was tied twice. But a pair of free throws from Jackson, put the game out of reach for Saint Mary’s and Georgia finished off the upset.