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Georgia too much for Charleston Southern

December 17, 2016

The second of three consecutive pre-Christmas road games took the Charleston Southern men’s basketball team to Athens, Ga., for a game against the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.

Georgia led from the opening tip and maintained a comfortable lead throughout, defeating the Buccaneers, 84-64, at the Stegeman Coliseum.

Yante Maten scored 30 points, connecting on 11 of 13 field goal attempts, to pace the Bulldogs, which shot 53.8 percent from the field for the game. J.J. Frazier added 14 points as Georgia improved to 7-3 on the season.

CSU dropped to 4-6 overall on the season and was led by freshman guard Christian Keeling’s 19 points. Junior guard Cortez Mitchell added 15 points for the Buccaneers, who shot 42 percent from the field for the game.

“They made a conscious effort to throw the ball inside to Maten early and we had no answer for him,” CSU coach Barclay Radebaugh said. “He’s a very good inside player. Our interior defense was poor but he’s a really good basketball player.”

Georgia opened the game with a 7-0 spurt and led 14-2 six minutes into the game. The Buccaneers trailed by double digits for the remainder of the half and trailed, 46-30, at the break.

CSU shot better in the second-half and managed to trim the lead to 53-40 with 14:53 left in the game. Georgia used a 14-7 run over the next five minutes and held a 67-47 lead with 9:10 to play. The Buccaneers cut the lead back to 15 at 70-55 with just over seven minutes remaining before the Bulldogs again opened a 75-55 lead with five minutes left in the contest.

Georgia out-rebounded the Buccaneers, 41-23, and out-scored CSU, 20-10, from the free throw line.

“I thought we looked more comfortable in the second half and made a few more shots but give the credit to Georgia. They are a solid, veteran basketball team,” Radebaugh said.

CSU stays on the road and heads to Virginia Tech for a Tuesday night contest. The Hokies defeated The Citadel, 113-71, on Saturday, to improve to 9-1 on the season.

“We have seen them on film and they are the best basketball team we will play,” Radebaugh said of Virginia Tech. “Not only are they talented and athletic but they play the game so hard.”