Bobcat Men Take Nail-Biter from Clayton State, 68-67
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Two big defensive plays in the last 10 seconds helped Georgia College men's basketball (11-2, 5-2 PBC) hold on to a 68-67 victory tonight (Jan. 19) in the Centennial Center.
Junior guard Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) got a crucial tie-up off a missed Laker free-throw and classmate Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) broke up a pass and shot attempt with 1.2 seconds left to preserve the win.
Martin finished with 14 points on 4-of-8 from the floor, and Jake Rios (Bozeman, Mt.) added 14 off the bench on 5-of-6 shooting to lead the Bobcats to the sixth win in their last seven games.
Down two at 68-66 in the waning seconds, Clayton State guard Trey Goss drove the left side, getting fouled on a layup attempt. Goss made the first free-throw, but missed the second as teammate Freddie Williams pulled down the rebound with a chance to win the game.
Martin grabbed the rebound with Williams, drawing the tie-up with the possession arrow favoring the Lakers. In-bounding from the right side of the hoop, the pass was thrown up to Will Lewis for a tip-in attempt, but Rowland played the role of defensive back, getting his right arm in there to knock the ball loose in mid-air.
The Bobcats won despite not knocking down a field goal in the last 5:48. Down 13 after a jumper by Rios at the 6:58 mark, the Lakers went on an 18-6 run over the remainder of the game.
Sophomore forward Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) added a solid line of six points, seven boards and two swats to the Bobcat effort.
GCSU sweeps the regular-season series with the Lakers this year, the first time they've done that since the 2002-03 season. The series now stands at 18-13 in Georgia College's favor. Clayton State has lost their last four games this season, by a combined score of eight points.
The Bobcats return to action Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Georgia Southwestern State University (7-8, 3-5 PBC) for a 7:30 p.m. tip. The Hurricanes most recently beat Columbus State University tonight 77-74.
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