March 6, 2009

Keaton Explodes for 34 Points in 81-76 PBC Quarterfinal Win

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AIKEN, S.C. - Senior guard Shaun Keaton (Albany, Ga.) had a career game today (March 6) in No. 24 Georgia College & State University's (22-5) 81-76 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Quarterfinal win over North Georgia (15-12) in USC Aiken's Convocation Center.

 

Keaton hit for 34 points in the victory, the most since Tim Jones tallied 35 against Albany State University Nov. 30, 1995. Keaton also hit six threes, moving into sixth place in PBC history with 238 treys in his career.

 

In a back-and-forth affair featuring a whopping 17 lead changes, the Bobcats prevailed from the free-throw line, going 24-of-28 (.857) compared to North Georgia's 8-for-12 (.667). Georgia College also had a plus-eight turnover margin (17-9). GCSU out-scored North Georgia by 10 in the second half (51-41), to edge the Saints.

 

Junior guard Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) added 12 points (all in the second half), while senior Ken Kemp (Dublin, Ga.) added 11 with a game-high seven rebounds. Rounding out the double-digit scorers for GCSU was junior Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) with 10.

 

North Georgia's LaBrian Lyons led his team with 24 points, seven boards and six assists. Andre Morgan knocked down 14 with Anthony Rowe getting 13 and Xavier Trice 12.

 

The Bobcats have yet to lose to North Georgia since they joined the PBC, going 8-0. PBC Coach of the Year Terry Sellers is also 14-1 all-time against the Saints.

 

Keaton was also 12-for-13 from the line, giving him 295 in his career, passing Aaron Clark (2004-08) into third place in GCSU history. The 22 team wins ranks seventh in school history. The 1999-2000 squad was the most recent to eclipse that number, compiling 25 victories en route to a NCAA Elite Eight berth.

 

Georgia College is now 17-14 all-time in the PBC tourney, and will face top seed and national No. 5 Augusta State University tomorrow at 6 p.m. The Bobcats split regular-season play with ASU.

 

Visit www.GCSUBobcats.com 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.