MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Setting school records in team three-pointers and individual threes made in a game, No. 21 Georgia College & State University men's basketball (5-0) thumped Carver Bible College (0-12) 122-74 tonight in the Centennial Center.
Senior guard Jake Rios (Bozeman, Mt.) hit 13-of-19 from downtown to top the school record of 11 set in 2002 by Ron Hood (2000-02). The individual trey count also comes one shy of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) record, and just three short of the NCAA Division II mark. Rios finished with 39 points, good for fourth in school history, and the most in the NCAA era of men's basketball at Georgia College. Rios tied GCSU Hall of Famer Leonard Scott (1975-79) at third, just four points behind the school mark, also set by Scott.
The team hit 24 three-pointers to top the old mark of 22, set against Carver a year ago.
Reserve guard Robert Praylo (Savannah, Ga.) netted a career-high 20 points 8-of-11 shooting. Senior Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) and junior Reece Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) also scored in double-digits at 13 and 11 points, respectively. Both players continue their streaks of double-digit scoring in each of the five games this season. Martin added in five assists and a team-best six steals, one off the school record set on four occasions, most recently by John Steensland (1996-2000) in 1999.
The Bobcats shot well again, hitting 51 percent (45-88) from the floor, while the Cougars also made 46 percent (26-57). Carver took far less attempts due to 24 turnovers and a 17-7 deficit on the offensive glass.
Carver had four double-digit scorers in the starting lineup, including a double-double of 16 points and a game-high 10 boards from Joshua Caston. Marcus Fulks and Cory Evans tied for the team lead at 17 points, and Nicholas Hood joined the fray with 10.
After a three-point play by Evans cut the Bobcat lead to 18-12 with just under 13 minutes left in the first half, the Bobcats responded with a 22-2 run over the next 4:42, capped by a Rios three.
The Bobcats improve to 5-0 for the first time since 2006-07, when they started off 7-0. Assistant coach Mark Gainous was at the helm of the Bobcats for this game, as head coach Terry Sellers battled a respiratory infection.
Georgia College is back in action Monday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., traveling to Fort Valley State University.
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