MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - With a win streak now up to an amazing 11 games, the No. 21 Georgia College & State University men's basketball team (17-2, 10-0 PBC) got past North Georgia (12-8, 7-3 PBC) 88-84 tonight in a battle of the top two teams in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) West Division.
Senior guard Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) set the NCAA-era career mark in assists at the school tonight adding six to make 313 in his career. He stands fourth overall in Georgia College history.
Classmate Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) knocked down 12-of-13 free throws for 20 total points, leading four scorers in double figures for GCSU. Rowland had 18, Jake Rios (Bozeman, Mt.) added 17 and Andre Mikell (Snellville, Ga.) 11. Mikell had five boards, four assists and three steals for a solid line, while Rios hit 5-of-8 from downtown.
The three-point shot kept the Bobcats ahead early, as Georgia College made good on 10-of-16 attempts in the first half for a 50-42 lead at the break. The second half was a different story, as the ‘Cats closed it out from the free-throw line, hitting 15-of-16 in the second half and 25-of-27 overall (.926).
North Georgia out-shot the ‘Cats from the field, 48 percent (27-56) to 45 (25-56), and cleaned up on the boards 40-27, the worst rebounding deficit for GCSU all season.
Leading the game's scorers was North Georgia's Carl Taylor with 21 points, aided by 14 and eight rebounds from Bernard Rimmer. Pat Moynihan had 13, and Andrew Bennett added a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Rowland is fourth in career assists at Georgia College, passing John John Steensland (1996-2000). Rowland is now 17 behind Barry Kelley (1983-85). Martin's 20 points help him crack the top-10 in career scoring at Georgia College, passing both Mike Roberts (1986-78, 88-89) and Ronnie Sims (1982-84) into ninth all-time. Martin has 1,183 career points, just one shy of Tim Northcut (1987-91) and eighth.
Tonight's victory was the 190th for Georgia College since joining the PBC in 1990-91, 173 coming under head coach Terry Sellers.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m., hosting Clayton State University (12-8, 5-5 PBC). The Lakers most recently edged Georgia Southwestern State University tonight 65-64.
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