Crump’s 21 points lift hot-shoot­ing Dogs past Texas

The Standard Journal - - NATIONAL SPORTS - By Charles Odum AP Sports Writer

ATHENS, Ga. — Tom Crean couldn’t help but marvel at Ge­or­gia’s shoot­ing from the floor, on 3-point­ers and from the free-throw line.

“Not sure I’ve ever coached a team in all my 19 years that shot that well,” said Crean, the for­mer Indiana and Mar­quette coach in his first sea­son in Athens.

Tyree Crump scored 21 points while set­ting a ca­reer high with six 3-point­ers and hot-shoot­ing Ge­or­gia beat Texas 98-88 on Satur­day in the SEC/Big 12 Chal­lenge.

Ge­or­gia (10-9) took ad­van­tage of its sharp shoot­ing to end it four-game los­ing streak. It made 66.7 per­cent of its shots from the field (32 of 48), in­clud­ing 12 of 17 3-point­ers. The Bull­dogs sank 22 of 28 free throws.

Crean had good rea­son to sus­pect the shoot­ing mer­ited his­tor­i­cal per­spec­tive.

The field-goal per­cent­age was the fourthbest in school his­tory. The 70.6 per­cent shoot­ing on 3s was the Bull­dogs’ third-best.

From the per­spec­tive of Texas (11-9), Ge­or­gia’s shoot­ing num­bers were a sure in­di­ca­tor of bad de­fense.

“When a team is mak­ing shots like that, you’ve got to find a way to make them miss and we didn’t,” said Texas coach Shaka Smart.

Te­shaun Hightower and Ni­co­las Clax­ton each had 18 points. Clax­ton scored 16 in the sec­ond half.

“I can’t even tell you how huge the game was for us in terms of build­ing our con­fi­dence,” Clax­ton said.

Crump made six of eight 3s.

Crean praised his play­ers’ move­ment with­out the ball.

“It’s a tem­plate for what it’s sup­posed to look like,” Crean said of his on­go­ing ef­forts to in­still his pro­gram.

Court­ney Ramey led Texas (11-9) with 19 points while mak­ing five of eight 3-point­ers. Ker­win Roach II had 16 points. Dy­lan Osetkowski had 15.

Matt Cole­man III had eight points for Texas when he fouled out with 3:33 re­main­ing. Hayes was called for his fourth foul with 7:24 re­main­ing and had 14 points.

With Ge­or­gia lead­ing 70-66, Ham­monds hurt his left shoul­der with 8:25 re­main­ing. He fell to the court in front of the Texas bench be­fore be­ing es­corted by a trainer to the locker room be­fore mak­ing a quick re­turn.

A layup by Clax­ton, who en­tered the game for Ham­monds, in­creased the lead to six points. Clax­ton, who re­mained on the floor when Ham­monds re­turned to the game, had a jam and a 3-pointer on back-to-back pos­ses­sions to give the Bull­dogs their first dou­ble-fig­ure lead at 81-71.

Ham­monds, who had 14 points and nine re­bounds, fouled out with 2:28 re­main­ing.

BIG PIC­TURE: Texas: The Longhorns have lost five of six as they con­tinue to strug­gle on the road. One week after a promis­ing win over then-No. 20 Ok­la­homa demon­strated their po­ten­tial in home games, the Longhorns fell to 1-4 in true road games. The first three losses as the vis­it­ing team came by a com­bined to­tal of nine points.

Ge­or­gia: Clax­ton, who av­er­ages 12.5 points per game, was plagued by early foul trou­ble. He went to the bench with two fouls about three min­utes into the game and had only two points in the first half. Ham­monds and Hightower each com­mit­ted six turnovers.

COACHES VS. CAN­CER: Crean and his as­sis­tants wore ath­letic shoes and sweat suits to sup­port Coaches vs. Can­cer and the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety. Smart and his staff wore ath­letic shoes and nor­mal coats and ties.

/ Athens Ban­ner-Her­ald-Joshua L. Jones

Ge­or­gia for­ward Ni­co­las Clax­ton (33) com­petes with Texas for­ward Dy­lan Osetkowski (21), guard Ker­win Roach II (12) and for­ward Jax­son Hayes (10) to keep pos­ses­sion of the ball dur­ing Satur­day’s game in Athens.

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