AUGUSTA, Ga. - Despite a career-high 20 points from Trent Fildes (Adelaide, Australia), the No. 14 Georgia College & State University men's basketball team (18-3, 11-1 PBC) lost for the first time in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play this season, dropping an 84-67 game at No. 7 Augusta State University (21-2, 13-1 PBC).
Starting for the first time this season, Fildes was 5-of-9 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the charity stripe, leading four double-digit scorers for Georgia College. The junior forward also had a team-best seven boards.
The inside play was strong for the Bobcats, as sophomore Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) added 17 points and seven caroms of his own. Senior guards Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) and Jake Rios (Bozeman, Mt.) added 10 points each, Rowland adding six assists and three steals to the game.
But none of it could match 28 big points from PBC Player of the Year candidate Ben Madgen, aided by a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double from Alex Smith. Fred Brathwaite scored 19 with eight rebounds, and Franck Ndongo added 10 points off the bench.
The Bobcats struggled from long range, hitting just 5-of-22 for 23 percent, nearly 20 percent below their season average. The Jaguars out-rebounded the ‘Cats 41-25, and controlled points off turnovers 23-9, despite having just one more takeaway.
With the loss, the Bobcats remain atop the PBC West standings at 11-1, two ahead of the University of Montevallo (9-3). The Bobcats have also clinched a spot in the 2010 PBC Tournament, as they can finish no lower than third in the division.
The loss ends a 12-game win streak for Georgia College, and the 11-0 start to PBC play is a school best. The Bobcats went an impressive 9-0 in January.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m., hosting USC Aiken.
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