UGA Basketball

Maten carries load for Georgia in exhibition loss to Michigan State

Yante Maten puts up a shot during an exhibition against Michigan State.
Yante Maten puts up a shot during an exhibition against Michigan State. AP

Yante Maten carried Georgia offensively during Sunday's exhibition loss to Michigan State.

Maten scored 33 points in the Spartans' 80-68 win over the Bulldogs. Maten did his work in 31 minutes, giving him an average of 1.1 points per minute on the floor. Maten enters the 2017-18 campaign were as the co-SEC preseason player of the year by the media.

Georgia and Michigan State set this exhibition up last week to benefit victims of Hurricane Irma. Proceeds for the game, which took place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, were split 50-50 between the two programs. Georgia is donating to the Red Cross of Georgia. Michigan State is donating to the Red Cross International Services.

While the game and stats won't count, Maten's 33 points otherwise matches his career-best, which was set in a 2016 NIT game against Belmont.

Georgia held a 27-24 lead in the first half before Michigan State went on a 16-4 run to close the first 20 minutes. In the second half, Michigan State led the entire way. Behind Maten, freshman forward Nicolas Claxton was Georgia's second-leading scorer with 9 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

For Michigan State, standout forward Miles Bridges led the way with 21 points.

Going into the exhibition, head coach Mark Fox said there would be no game preparation for it. He noted that it would serve as a good test to see where his team is at as a program. He was able to get 11 players game action, which included giving freshman forward Rayshaun Hammonds a start.

Hammonds finished the game with two points and one rebound in 17 minutes of playing time. Guard Turtle Jackson and forward E'Torrion Wilridge both started and each logged four assists each.

Georgia will hold another exhibition Thursday evening at 7 p.m. against Valdosta State at Stegeman Coliseum. That will be Georgia's last tune-up before hosting Bryant on Nov. 10 for its regular-season opener.