ATHENS, Ga. -- Sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a career-high 27 points, but the Georgia Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season, falling 68-56 to Youngstown State in the Progressive Legends Classic on Monday evening at Stegeman Coliseum.
Caldwell-Pope was the only Bulldog to score in double figures, and he also added five three-pointers, six rebounds and four steals for Georgia (1-1). Kendrick Perry led the way for Youngstown State (2-0) with 23 points.
Youngstown State opened the game on an 8-0 run, including a pair of layups by Shawn Amiker to begin the spurt. Caldwell-Pope broke the scoring drought for Georgia with a three-pointer at the 15:55 mark, but each team would then go three more minutes without a point.
Caldwell-Pope scored the first five points of the game for the Bulldogs, and he would go on to score each of Georgia's three first-half field goals.
The Bulldog offense came alive at the start of the second half, as Georgia nailed a trio of three-pointers, including a pair from Caldwell-Pope and a deep trey from Brantley in the first three and a half minutes of play. John Florveus then was fouled on a made lay-up and converted on the three-point play to pull the Bulldogs within six, 32-26, at the 16:23 mark.
Caldwell-Pope continued to have the hot hand from downtown, draining his third three of the half and fourth of the game to trim the Penguins' lead to 32-29 with 15 minutes remaining.
Youngstown State opened up a nine-point lead midway through the half, and the teams would continue to trade baskets until the Penguins rattled off a 6-0 run to once again open up the lead with just under 12 minutes remaining.
Georgia shot 48 percent from the field in the second half, including 55 percent (5-9) from behind the arc. The Bulldogs also converted on nine of 10 attempts from the free throw line and turned the ball over just four times in the second period of play.
Georgia continues play in the 2012 Progressive Legends Classic on Thursday evening when they host Southern Miss in an 8 p.m. matchup to be televised on FSN.