DAHLONEGA, Ga. - Senior guard Shaun Keaton (Albany, Ga.) is known as a three-point marksman, not a shot-blocking presence, but Keaton's fifth block of his three-year career would prove to be his most important, preserving a 65-64 win for the Georgia College & State University men's basketball team (8-1, 2-1 PBC) at North Georgia College & State University (6-4, 0-4 PBC) tonight (Jan. 7). The victory gives the Bobcats a four-game win streak.
Senior guard Ken Kemp (Dublin, Ga.) led the Bobcats in scoring for the first time this season, putting in 14 points on 5-of-7 from the field while adding 11 boards for his second double-double of the year. Junior guard Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) added 10 points to the cause.
The Bobcats led nearly the entire game, although the contest was tightly-contested. Junior guard Martin made a three just over a minute in to give the Bobcats an early 3-0 lead. A free-throw by Brody Langston with 7:29 left in the second half gave the Saints their first lead at 44-43. The two teams then traded blows for the remainder of the game, the Bobcats taking the advantage for the last time at the 4:09 mark on a Kemp layup.
Neither team shot particularly well, with GCSU putting in a season-low 35 percent (21-60) from the floor and North Georgia hitting for the same percentage on 20-of-57. The Saints kept in the game with their work on the glass, pulling down 47 to Georgia College's 37, including 15-11 on the offensive boards.
The Bobcat win breaks the 31-31 tie in the all-time series with North Georgia, the 31 wins the most for GCSU against any team they play this season. Keaton had nine points, giving him 1,024 for his career, standing 58 out of 11th place all-time at Georgia College.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m., hosting Lander University (7-2, 3-0 PBC). The Bearcats most recently beat UNC Pembroke Monday, 71-69.
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