Georgia vs. Winthrop – Yante Maten Paces Dawgs to Win

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Georgia vs. Winthrop – Yante Maten Paces Dawgs to Win

Georgia forward Yante Maten
(Photo by Sean Taylor)

The Georgia men’s basketball team (4-3) picked up a, 74-64, win against Winthrop (6-2) Tuesday night at Stegeman Coliseum behind a career-night from forward Yante Maten.

Maten finished the evening with a career-high 24 points, 12 rebounds and ten field goals. The Pontiac, Michigan native’s ten field goals made marks the second time that a UGA player has hit double-digit field goals in a game after Kenny Gaines hit the mark against Murray State.

J.J. Frazier and Charles Mann rounded out other Bulldogs scoring in double figures with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Frazier added ten rebounds and five assists for the first double-double of his career.

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“That was a good team that we played,” head coach Mark Fox said. “They’re coming in after a great start to their season. They are a very good offensive team and I was pleased with our defense. Late in the game I was pleased with our rebounding. I wasn’t thrilled with our rebounding for the first 30 minutes, but we were better at the end of the game. Our defensive rebounding was the big difference. Offensively, we’re growing so we have some room to grow there.”

The Bulldogs held a double digit lead for the majority of the first half, until Winthrop cut the lead to eight, right before the break to, 33-25. Georgia was led in the first 20-minutes by Maten, who hit double figures in scoring just 11 minutes into the contest. The Bulldogs suffocated the Eagles on the defensive end holding Winthrop to a mere 27.3-percent shooting in the first half, the lowest mark that UGA has allowed in a single half this year.

The Eagles heated up in the second-half closing the gap to, 54-48, with just under nine minutes to go. Winthrop managed to hit several three-pointers in its comeback attempt, including three from Roderick Perkins.

Georgia clamped down the defensive efforts again late in the second half to secure the victory. The Bulldogs held the Eagles to 44.4-percent shooting in the half despite Winthrop stringing together several three-pointers.

The Bulldogs have the remainder of the week off before returning to action on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 12 p.m. ET to host rival Georgia Tech.

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.