McGruder Paces All-Stars in Loss to Georgia

Junior Rodney McGruder earned his first double-double of the East Coast All-Stars' trip to Four Nations Cup.

Aug. 6, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Junior Rodney McGruder starred for the East Coast All-Stars on Saturday with team-highs in both points and rebounds, but it was not enough as the Georgian National Team posted a 98-81 win at the Four Nations Cup before 3,100 at the Saku Arena in Tallinn, Estonia.

On the heels of his game-winner on Friday against Sweden, McGruder earned his first double-double of the trip with game-highs in points (22) and rebounds (14) against Georgia.  He was one of four All-Stars in double figures, while the only one with double-figure rebounds.  He also added a team-high three steals.

The game was tight earlier with the score knotted at 20-all after the first quarter.  Georgia took a 49-42 into halftime before pushing the edge to 73-64 after three quarters against the foul-plagued All-Stars.

The Georgian team, the only participant eligible for the 2011 European World Championships, led by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter before a 15-0 run rallied the All-Stars to within 85-81 with under two minutes to play.  However, the deeper Georgia squad ended the contest on a 13-0 run to blow open the tight contest.

Despite the loss, the All-Stars did hold Atlanta Hawks center and Georgian star Zaza Pachulia to just one field goal for the game.  Teammate Manuchar Markoishvilli led the team with 20 points.

The East Coast All-Stars concludes its trip on Sunday afternoon when they face host Estonia at noon CST.  The game will be televised live on Estonia’s ETV2.

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