JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - Staying undefeated at 3-0, the Georgia College & State University men's basketball team used four double-figure scorers in the starting lineup to beat Carson-Newman College (3-2) 82-70 tonight in the Dick Campbell Memorial Classic.
Senior point guard Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) knocked down three three-pointers and finished with a career-high 19 points to lead the Bobcat scoring quartet. Rowland added seven rebounds and four assists to a solid line.
The remaining three have scored in double-digits for each of the first three games this season. Senior guard Jake Rios (Bozeman, Mt.) hit four threes and tallied 14 points, while classmate Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) had 14 points and six rebounds. Junior forward Reece Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) had nearly as many points as minutes, hitting for 10 in 18 ticks. Frontcourt mate and fellow junior Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) had seven points, a team-best eight boards and three blocks.
The Eagles' J.J. Wesley led all scorers with 24, but got little help, as reserve Cameron Sharp had 13, and Quinche Dowdell added 11 with a game-high nine boards.
The team exploded for a season-best 10 blocks, more than doubling the single-game high from early this year. Senior Robert Thomas (Mankato, Minn.) led the team with four, with Hurst adding three of his own.
Georgia College made good on hustle points, turning 16 offensive boards into a 21-13 lead in second-chance points, and making 19 turnovers into a 29-16 lead in points off turnovers.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. against Tusculum College in the final day of the holiday tournament.
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