Bench Powers Bobcat Men to 85-78 Win Over Wingate

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Senior Justin Brown's (New Orleans) 21 points off the bench led Georgia College & State University men's basketball (5-1) to an 85-78 victory over Wingate University (5-6) in day one of the SpringHill Suites Midtown New Year's Classic, hosted by Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Brown combined with sophomore forward Reece Wiedeman's (Suwanee, Ga.) 11 points for a large chunk of the 44-26 advantage in bench scoring.

The Bobcats made 12 threes, shooting 42.9 percent from behind the arc, including five from Brown. Junior guards Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) and Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) carded 14 and 10 points apiece.

It took the Bobcats nearly five minutes to reach the scoreboard, as they found themselves down 21-6 with 12:18 left in the first half. Georgia College then responded with a 17-2 run over the next 5:30, taking the lead and remaining in front for the remainder of the game. The GCSU lead reached as high as 21 points in the second half, but cut down to seven when the Bulldogs closed the game on a 19-5 stretch.

The Bobcats caused just five more turnovers (28-23) but converted that into a 33-17 advantage in points off takeaways. Georgia College shot 55 percent (16-29) in the second stanza to close the game out.

Ben Davis led the Bulldogs with 15 points, aided by DeMario Mattox's 11 and nine assists.

Senior guard Shaun Keaton (Albany, Ga.) is now 10 points away from becoming the 12th member of GCSU's 1,000-point club. Georgia College took a 2-0 lead in the all-time series with the Bulldogs with tonight's win, and stand at 5-0 in this tournament all-time.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m., taking on West Virginia Wesleyan University to wrap up the Savannah tournament.

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