Bobcat Defense Handcuffs Hurricanes, 80-42
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Allowing a season-low in points, the Georgia College & State University men's basketball team (10-2, 3-0 PBC) remained undefeated in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, topping Georgia Southwestern State University (4-9, 0-3 PBC) 80-42 tonight at the Centennial Center.
The Bobcats controlled the Hurricanes by controlling the glass, 31-17. Georgia College also turned over GSW 16 times while coughing up just seven of its own.
Senior guard Jake Rios (Bozeman, Mt.) led all scorers with 17 points, hitting 5-of-5 from downtown. Andre Mikell (Snellville, Ga.) had 14 as Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) and Reece Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) had 10 each. Mikell added three assists and four steals to his solid line.
The Bobcats dominated in shooting, hitting 59 percent (31-53) compared to 39 percent (15-39) from the ‘Canes. The Georgia College bench held a 40-15 scoring advantage, while the ‘Cats had 11 offensive boards, resulting in a 21-4 second-chance points surplus.
Senior guard Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) had five assists tonight, surpassing Darrell Flowers (1989-92) into fifth in career helps at Georgia College. Rowland has 285, with the NCAA-era record looming next at 309, owned by John John Steensland (1996-2000).
Evan Mobley led GSW with all 15 bench points, and was the lone double-digit scorer for the Hurricanes. GSW recorded just two assists. The final lead for the Hurricanes came with 18:40 left in the first half.
The Bobcats had impressive rebounding stats, despite not having a double-digit rebounder. Sophomore Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) nabbed the most with six, and 12 Bobcats pulled down at least one board. Aquino recorded eight points, a pair of blocks and four steals as well.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 16 at 3:30 p.m. heading to Armstrong Atlantic State University. Georgia College returns home Friday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. against Francis Marion University.
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