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Claxton and dog fall to Missouri - Mar 7, 2019

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The University of Georgia men's basketball team lost to the Missouri Tigers 64-39 in Stegeman Coliseum on Wednesday night.

Nicolas Claxton (211-SF-99) led the Bulldogs with nine points and 10 rebounds, his 11th double-digit boards game of the season.

"We have had so much good in the sense of improvement, and we've had a bunch of really good practices," said Georgia head coach Tom Crean. "We have to work at it, and correct it to get ourselves ready for South Carolina and beyond."

The first half was heavily defensive. Georgia (11-19, 2-15) established the edge in the first two minutes of the game. Missouri (14-15, 5-12) came back to tie then take the advantage 4-3 at the 13:26 mark. The Bulldogs narrowed the gap to one but were unable to catch the Tigers. Both teams maintained pressure resulting in the 25-14 score going into the half.

Coming back to the court, Missouri remained dominant going on a four-point run. The Bulldogs answered with two free throws from Derek Ogbeide bringing the score to 29-16 with 16:29 remaining. The Tigers continued to maintain a steady scoring pace, upping their advantage to 19.

JoJo Toppin nabbed Georgia's first three of the night followed by a Claxton jumper bringing the score to 41-21. A Tyree Crump jumper ignited a 7-0 run for Georgia with 4:09 remaining.

The Bulldogs will wrap up their regular-season schedule on Saturday Mar. 9, at South Carolina at 1:00 p.m. on the SEC Network.

Sophomore Forward Nicolas Claxton
On tonight's game...
"We have to do a better job of rebounding. I see that I rebounded 50. I do not think I have been apart of rebounding that is that lop-sided. Rebounding is a big thing. Just making sure all five guys are locked in when they are on the court."

On shooting and rebounding effort tonight...
"I will give credit to Missouri, they came out and had a good game plan. At the end of the day we missed a lot of layups that we usually make. We missed some shots we usually make. That is something we just have to work on. All five guys have to box out and just be locked into that. I think we will see them again in Nashville."

On next season...
"I would just say we are not throwing this year away or anything like that. We are going to focus on these last few games and give these games all we have. Make sure we just get back to the drawing board this summer like we did this past summer. Everybody worked hard. All we can do is, I hope the new guys coming in are ready to work. We are just going to get back to the drawing board."   

Pan American Games Draw LIMA, PERU - 21 hours ago
FIBA held the draw for groups for men's basketball of the Pan American Games in Lima 2019, leaving the Virgin Islands in group A with Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the United States. A select team of men's basketball standouts from the BIG EAST Conference will represent the United States at the 2019 Pan American Game while Puerto Rico will be sending their B team as their A team is set to play in the World Games. While Group B consists of Dominican Republic, Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico. Pa...   [read more]

Claxton: I would love to play with UGA's incoming class - 3 days ago
By CHANCE LINTON Georgia forward Nicolas Claxton (211-SF-99) was on hand in Chicago last week for the 2019 NBA Draft Combine, but he's facing a major decision in the coming week. Claxton declared for the NBA Draft following a breakout sophomore season, but he still hasn't made a final decision on whether to return to Georgia for his junior year. The deadline for him to withdraw from the draft and retain his college eligibility is May 29. Ahead of the NBA Combine, he sat down with Draft...   [read more]

NBA Draft Combine Notebook: Nicolas Claxton Displays Versatility - 6 days ago
CHICAGO - The on-court portion of the draft combine wrapped up on Friday, with two more scrimmages giving prospects a chance to perform in front of the entire league. As a whole, five-on-five play was heavily watered down this year as a vast majority of potential first-round picks opted not to play, aiming to protect their draft stock. Regardless, there were a number of intriguing players who benefited this week. There were also some guys who struggled. Some of the more noteworthy perform...   [read more]

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