GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia College & State University men's basketball (3-0) picked up its second win in as many days at the Jameson Inn Classic, beating Tusculum College (3-2) 87-71 today (Nov. 29). The Bobcats toppled Carson-Newman College yesterday 89-83.
The Bobcats were absolutely lights-out from the free-throw line, missing just one of their 24 tosses, including a perfect 13-of-13 in the second half.
Senior guard Shaun Keaton (Albany, Ga.) poured in a career-high 27 points, including 5-of-5 from the free throw line and four three-pointers. Keaton's four bombs gives him 164 in his career at Georgia College, catapulting over a two-way tie at 162 between William Northcut (1987-89) and Heath Colvin (1989-93) into second place in program history.
The Bobcats also got a pair of double-digit scorers off the pine, as senior Justin Brown (New Orleans) scored 18 points, adding 5-of-5 from the stripe, and junior Jake Rios (Bozeman, Mt.) put in 10. Classmate Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) added 12 points from his starting two-guard spot.
Neither team had a double-digit rebounder as both teams shot very well, 51 percent (26-51) for the Bobcats and 52 (25-48) for the Pioneers.
Tusculum guard Ron Troutman led four in double-digits for the Pioneers, getting 15 from Josh Bennett, 11 from the defending South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Player of the Week in Kyle Moore, and 10 from reserve Jimmy Boone.
The Bobcats led throughout, getting the first points from a Martin three at 19:03 and never even surrendering a tie from there.
GCSU now improves to a perfect 4-0 all-time at the Jameson Inn Classic, and evens the all-time series with Tusculum at 2-2. Georgia College is also 3-0 to start the year for the third straight season.
The Bobcats have a week off before returning to action Monday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. to host Carver Bible College. It will be "'80s on the 8th Night" beginning with a bonfire leading up to the contest, where the Bobcat fan wearing the best ‘80s gear will win prizes. As always, the game will be broadcast on the Home Team stations of Country 102FM or ESPN 1450AM, and on the web at www.country102fm.com.
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. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.