Keatons 20, Kemps Career-High 19 Not Enough in Semifinal Loss, 79-74
AIKEN, S.C. - A length-of-the-floor pass resulting in a dunk for Fred Braithwaite brought the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament hopes of fourth seed and national No. 24 Georgia College & State University men's basketball (25-4) to a 79-74 close against top seed and national No. 5 Augusta State University (22-6) at USC Aiken's Convocation Center.
The Bobcats dug themselves an early 12-5 hole, and never led, despite the best efforts of the GCSU shooters.
Senior Shaun Keaton (Albany, Ga.) netted 20 points for the sixth-straight contest, hitting exactly 20 on four threes and 8-of-9 from the line. Classmate Ken Kemp (Dublin, Ga.) had a career-high 19 points, including 10-for-10 from the charity stripe. Point guard Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) poured in 12 points on four threes, adding four assists.
Braithwaite was impressive for ASU, tallying 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Ben Madgen led the Jaguars with 18 points, while Daniel Dixon added 14 and Garret Siler 12.
The Bobcats shot just 37 percent (19-51) from the floor compared to a 53.7 percent (29-54) effort from ASU.
The Bobcats await the NCAA Division II selection show, available online at www.NCAA.com beginning with the women's regional selections at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 8. Georgia College was fourth in the most recent NCAA Southeast Region poll, where eight are named to the region tournament.
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