January 21, 2009

Martin’s 20 Helps Bobcats Past GSW, 71-60

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AMERICUS, Ga. - Led by junior Graham Martin's (Marietta, Ga.) season-high 20 points, Georgia College & State University men's basketball (12-2, 6-2 PBC) picked up its eighth win in the last nine, taking a 71-60 victory at Georgia Southwestern State University (7-9, 3-6 PBC) tonight (Jan. 21).

Martin was 7-for-11 from the field and yanked down a team-high five rebounds. Sophomore forward Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) added a career-high 14 points, while senior guard Shaun Keaton (Albany, Ga.) scored 12. Junior point guard Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) had eight assists, his third game with eight or more this season.

The Bobcats had a paltry four turnovers, while causing 14, also winning the battle on the offensive glass, 15-5. Both stats gave the ‘Cats the extra possessions that would prove the difference. The four turnovers were the least for a Bobcat team since Dec. 30, 2002, when Georgia College matched that number against Carson-Newman College.

Georgia College held Hurricane leading scorer Anthony Sargent under his season average of 17.1 points per game. The No. 3 scorer in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) managed just nine against the Bobcats. Damayrius Adside was the only double-digit scorer for GSW, getting 10 off the bench.

The all-time series remains in GSW's favor, but is now trimmed to 29-25. GCSU has taken the last five meetings.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m., hosting No. 10 USC Aiken (11-3, 6-1 PBC). The Pacers most recently beat Lander University tonight 78-67. Saturday will be "Green Day" at the Centennial Center, with a pre-game tailgate scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Visit www2.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.