College basketball roundup: No. 9 Duke men win delayed season opener

DURHAM, N.C.  — Freshman Jalen Johnson had 19 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks to help No. 9 Duke overcome a turnover-filled performance and beat Coppin State 81-71 in Saturday’s delayed season opener for both teams.

The 6-foot-9 Johnson made all eight of his shots from the field, including a 3-pointer, and both of free throws while also tallying five assists. Fellow rookie DJ Steward scored 24 points for the Blue Devils, including a key 3-pointer with 2:02 left that helped keep Duke in control during an unexpectedly tight finish.

Duke was playing without its rowdy fans in the famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Blue Devils shot 53% but committed 22 turnovers to give the Eagles plenty of extra chances.

DeJuan Clayton and Anthony Tarke each scored 22 points to lead the Eagles, who shot 33% but made 10 3-pointers — seven coming after halftime — to keep the pressure on Duke the entire second half.

South Carolina guard Destanni Henderson shoots over South Dakota defender Maddie Krull during the Gamecocks’ 81-71 win on Saturday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Josh Jurgens/Associated Press

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

(1) SOUTH CAROLINA 81, SOUTH DAKOTA 71: Destanni Henderson and Zia Cooke each scored 19 points, and the Gamecocks (2-0) pulled away from the Coyotes (0-1) in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Henderson finished two points shy of a career high. She was 8 of 13 from the floor and also had nine rebounds.

Chloe Lamb led South Dakota with 18 points, and Hannah Sjerven added 15 points and 12 rebounds.

South Carolina trailed by five during the second quarter and the game was tied 37-37 at halftime before the Gamecocks pulled away. They outscored the Coyotes 31-11 in the third quarter, and Cooke’s basket with 19 seconds left gave the Gamecocks a 20-point lead entering the final frame.

They stretched the advantage to 21 in the fourth quarter before South Dakota cut it to seven with just under a minute to play.

(14) ARKANSAS 86, FLORIDA GULF COAST 80: Chelsea Dungee scored 19 of her 25 points in the second half, 10 in the fourth quarter, and the Razorbacks (3-0) made four free throws in the final 11 seconds to pull out a win over the Eagles (1-2) at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Fort Myers, Florida.

The Razorbacks trailed most of the way before Dungee’s 3-pointer with 2:15 left them up for good at 77-74. Tishara Morehouse made a layup for the Eagles but Arkansas was 7 of 8 from the line in the final two minutes.

Morehouse, who poured in 35 points for the Eagles, made it 82-80 with 34 seconds left but Amber Ramirez and Marquesha Davis sealed it with free throws. It was the only two points of the game for Davis. Arkansas went 9 of 12 from the foul line in the fourth quarter and 26 of 34 for the game while FGCU was 5 of 10.

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University of Georgia holds spring graduation delayed by coronavirus

The 75-minute ceremony was much shorter than most years. UGA President Jere Morehead began the festivities with social distancing instructions for a ceremony “long overdue for outstanding graduates.”

UGA closed its campus in March as the pandemic grew in Georgia. The students took classes online for the remainder of the semester. Despite those challenges, Morehead said he had high expectations for the graduates.

“We expect uncommon things from you because you are a graduate of the University of Georgia,” he said.

Jack L. Bush III, a 2020 graduate of the University of Georgia, spoke at the commencement ceremony on Oct. 16, 2020. The ceremony was scheduled in May, but postponed to October because of the coronavirus pandemic. PHOTO CREDIT: University of Georgia Marketing & Communications.

Jack L. Bush III, the student speaker, began an uncommon initiative before graduation. Bush started a scholarship fund with his own money for future students to pursue engineering degrees, Morehead said in his introduction.

In his speech, Bush, now an engineer at Lockheed Martin, talked about the good days and the challenging days at UGA.

“Ultimately, we made it,” Bush told the audience.

Bush gave a shout out to his mom and mentioned the names of three African Americans, including Ahmaud Arbery of Georgia, whose deaths sparked nationwide protests and discussions about race relations and discrimination.

After the speeches came the conferring of degrees. The audience then sang the UGA alma mater song.

Another tradition continued at the end. A fireworks show.

October 16, 2020 Athens – Fireworks concluded the 2020 Spring Undergraduate Commencement ceremony at Sanford Stadium in Athens on Friday, October 16, 2020. (Hyosub Shin / [email protected])

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

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