Georgia: The Bulldogs have damaged their NCAA Tournament hopes by losing four of five, including two straight home conference games against unranked teams — South Carolina and Arkansas. This game came down to one play at the end and we have to regroup and get focused on the next one, Fox said. The Bulldogs needed a win over Arkansas, with a No. 32 RPI, to boost their NCAA hopes.
Pippen scored 11 points with 11 rebounds and Marcus Bartley and Armon Fletcher each scored 12 as the Salukis made half their 52 shots. Fletcher also grabbed nine rebounds and had four steals.
Wyatt Lohaus led the Panthers with 15 points and Carlson and Isaiah Brown each scored 10.
Today was big for us, Robinson said. It was a good response.
Hill scored the first seven points in the decisive burst and said the Hokies proved they can play defense when they focus on it.
Once we do what the coaches want and what their plan is, we’re a great team, he said.
It was that defense, Blackshear said, that sparked the run.
Javis Howard and Ty Jones each scored 12 points and Jones grabbed seven rebounds for the Buccaneers (7-12, 2-6 Big South).
The teams traded 3-pointers at the end of the first half with Fleming making one and Liam O’Reilly scoring one for Gardner-Webb (10-11, 5-3) which went to intermission down 31-30.
Charleston Southern started the second half with a 7-0 run and later pushed the lead to 52-40 when Keeling hit a 3 then followed with a jumper with 13:44 left. The Bulldogs responded with a quick 7-0 spurt, but went more than four minutes without scoring as the Buccaneers went on a 12-0 run and Gardner-Webb never recovered.
O’Reilly tied his career high with 27 points, including 7-of-12 3-pointers. David Efianayi had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists, and DJ Laster scored 14 points, for the Bulldogs.