MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University men's basketball team is 13-2 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season, thanks to an amazing 69-63 win over No. 10 USC Aiken (12-4, 7-2 PBC) tonight (Jan. 24) in the Centennial Center.
The theme was "Green Day" for GCSU, and the Pacers left the gym looking a little green, as the top team in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) was knocked off thanks to some solid defense and a 25-of-35 effort from Georgia College's charity stripe.
Junior guard Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) led the Bobcats with 17 points, hitting 5-of-9 from the field and adding four assists. Senior three-point marksman Shaun Keaton (Albany, Ga.) seconded that effort, pouring in 15 on three threes and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
The Bobcats out-rebounded USCA, the third-best rebounding squad in the PBC, 33-29. The Bobcats were matched 6-to-6 in threes made, with the biggest disparity coming in free throws, as GCSU made 25 to the Pacers' 11.
Leading USCA was 2008 PBC Co-Player of the Year Chris Commons with 19 points. Guard Javonte Clanton had 13 points with three threes, with guard Mark Brown adding 10 points off the bench.
The Bobcats started the season 14-1 in 1999-2000, widely recognized as the best year in program history. That season, 2008 Georgia College Hall of Fame inductee Julius Joseph led the Bobcats to a 25-6 record, reaching the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.
Tonight was Bobcat head coach Terry Sellers' 700th game as a head coach, as he owns a 465-235 (.664) mark all-time, including 267-173 (.607) as the Georgia College skipper. The Bobcats are now 7-2 in PBC play, tied for first in the loss column.
Georgia College now owns a 23-16 advantage in the all-time series, tonight's win halting a two-game win streak for the Pacers. The Bobcats are now 8-1 in their last nine this season.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. hosting Columbus State University (5-10, 3-6 PBC). The Cougars most recently beat UNC Pembroke 91-83 tonight.
Visit www.GCSU.edu/Bobcats to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.