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Georgetown took a 26-21 lead at intermission, but the Lions opened the second half on a run. Erik Johansson hit a 3-pointer and Batemon followed with a layup to tie the game at 26-26 and spark a 12-0 run. Mattias Markusson’s dunk with 5:22 left pushed the lead to 15.
Loyola Marymount (4-0) shot 19 of 55 from the field (34.5 percent), including 5 of 20 from distance, but did much of its damage from the free-throw line, where it converted 22 of 25 attempts. Batemon, who has led the Lions in scoring in all four games, was a perfect 13-for-13 shooting from the line. Markusson added nine points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Jessie Govan finished with 20 points to lead the Hoyas (3-1). Josh LeBlanc added 12 points.
Towel boys are surrounding the court now. 11:53 left, Loyola Marymount up 40-34 on Georgetown. On a night where neither team has found any rhythm, slippery floor stoppages certainly aren't going to help.— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) November 17, 2018
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After a tightly contested start with seven lead changes, the Hoyas built a 26-21 halftime lead with a 6-1 run in the final three minutes of the first half. The first half of play featured a defensive showdown, as both teams shot under 40 percent, and they combined for 12 turnovers. LMU dominated in the early minutes of the second half with an 15-2 run, taking a 36-28 lead.
After the under-16 media timeout, the Hoyas bounced back, bringing the game within four points with 14 minutes to play. After that, however, it went downhill for the Blue and Gray, as the Lions went on a 16-7 run, bringing the score to 54-39 with 5:22 to go.
Great to sit down with @GeorgetownHoops @JGovan15 and @J_Mosely! Two class acts. They both talked about responding tomorrow and ending the Jamaica trip with a W. @GeorgetownHoyas pic.twitter.com/3lsGFGONnX— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) November 17, 2018
But the Blue & Gray’s fortune quickly dried up in the second half. Loyola Marymount tied the game in just over a minute of game time before taking the lead at the 17:09 mark. Batemon spearheaded the Lions’ strong second half, scoring nine consecutive points within three minutes to break the game open.
On the defensive end, the Lions implemented a 2-3 matchup zone, which exasperated the Hoyas’ offensive struggles by forcing turnovers and contested shots. The Hoyas turned the ball over 10 times in the half, and James Akinjo made the team’s first 3-pointer of the game with just 4:14 remaining.
The 'Georgetown of the West Coast' - under-rated Loyola Marymount University - defeats mighty Georgetown of the East Coast. Best stubborn male-hoops defense I have seen since Ben Howland's Final Four UCLA teams the prior decade. Defense creates offense! Super by LMU's coaches https://t.co/74BVDSDe3Z— TOM PLATE, SCMP Columnist (@ProfTomPlate) November 17, 2018
Pro bettors are getting down on three Friday college basketball games, headlined by Loyola Marymount-Georgetown (7 p.m. ET). Sharps are also betting Towson-Pepperdine (8 p.m. ET) and Oakland-UNLV (10 p.m. ET).
Professional bettors are always looking for an edge. When it comes to college hoops, one of the best kept sharp secrets is betting unders in neutral court games. The unfamiliar rims, backboards and “road” games for both sides have historically led to lower-scoring games. Since 2005, neutral court unders have hit at a 53.6% clip with +108.48 units won.
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Yetna was 5-of-8 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. Michael Durr added 10 points and Laquincy Rideau had six points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals for USF (3-0).
After making their first two shots and taking a 4-0 lead, the Bulls missed eight consecutive field goal attempts and Teyvion Kirk’s steal and layup gave Ohio a 12-7 lead midway through the first half. Brown answered with a 3-pointer that sparked the decisive run during which the Bobcats committed five turnovers, shot just 1 of 15 from the field and sandwiched scoring droughts of nearly three and five-plus minutes around a free throw by Gavin Block...
Overall, Ohio hit just 2 of 25 from behind the arc.
PREVIEW: Men's Basketball heads to Jamaica for Jersey Mike's Classic https://t.co/R6pLyJz6gz— Voice Sports (@GUVoiceSports) November 16, 2018
With 11:32 left in the first half, the Bobcats led 12-7. Over the next seven minutes, and 50 seconds, the Bulls went on a 20-1 run to bust the game wide open.
USF’s lead ballooned to 29 during the second half as they cruised to the finish line. Ten different Bulls scored and 13 players saw action.
USF held Ohio to just 22% shooting in the first half, and the Bobcats missed all 12 three-point attempts in the opening half. Ohio went 1-of-17 during a stretch in the first half that saw them go from up five to down 20 early in the second half.
USF men’s basketball got a season-opening win Tuesday night with an 80-63 victory over Alabama A&M inside the newly-named Yuengling Center. “We didn’t lose our poise,” head coach Brian Gregory said after the Bulls briefly let A&M take a 41-40 early in the second half. “Games are gonna be tough. We’re a work-in-progress.”
Sophomore guards David Collins (17 points) and Justin Brown 16 points) helped pace the Bulls on a night where seven players made their USF debut.
RECAP | Bulls Cruise to Victory Over Ohio in Jamaica Classichttps://t.co/GIuy9fDnHm— USF Men's Basketball (@USFMBB) November 17, 2018
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Gregory’s Bulls will hit the court after topping the University of Tampa, 80-52, in an exhibition test at the Yuengling Center on Oct. 30. Sophomore Justin Brown (Birmingham, Ala.) and senior T.J. Lang (Mobile, Ala.) each scored 15 points and combined to make seven of USF’s 10 three-pointers. Freshman forward Michael Durr (Atlanta, Ga.) also showcased his skills with 11 points, four rebounds and five of the Bulls’ nine blocks.
Brown, sophomore David Collins (Youngstown, Ohio) and 7-foot-2 senior center Nikola Scekic (Serbia) all return after helping the Bulls post the program’s first double-digit win season since 2013-14. USF ended the 2017-18 regular season with victories over Memphis and SMU before Collins poured in career-high 30 points during the Bulls’ two-point loss to Memphis in the first round of the conference tournament.
The trio of Hoya guards - Freeman, Wright and Clark - have combined to average 43.6 points per game and accounted for 59 percent of Georgetown’s scoring (1,133 points of 1,935 total).
Georgetown leads the BIG EAST in field goal percentage and ranks second nationally, connecting on 49.7 percent from the floor.
The Hoyas are third in the league in three-point field goal percentage and 43rd in the country, hitting 37.9 percent from long distance. GU is also 18th in the country in assists per game (16.2).
Yuengling gets its name on an arena: The Pottsville- based brewery recently announced that it had obtained the naming rights for the University of South Florida’ s Sun Dome, which is to be rebranded as the Yuengling Center on… https://t.co/Br4RHGWfIs pic.twitter.com/dYmCOJSuts— WTB Research (@wtbre) June 19, 2018