SAVANNAH, Ga. - Needing just two points to become the 14th member of Georgia College & State University men's basketball's 1,000-point club, senior Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) hit for 18 points in a 73-66 loss to Wingate University in day one of the Hampton Inn & Suites Holiday Classic. The Bobcats fall to 6-2 with the loss, while the Bulldogs climb to a 7-4 record.
Martin needed just 44 seconds to net his 1,000th career point, getting a layup on the team's first possession. He had seven rebounds to go with his 18 points, his eighth double-digit scoring effort this season.
The senior guard was the only Bobcat in double-digit scoring, as Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.), Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) and Jake Rios (Bozeman, Mt.) had nine points each. Rowland added five boards and a game-best seven assists to his effort, while sophomore forward Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) nabbed a career-best 10 rebounds.
Odell Turner had 18 points and 13 boards for the Bulldogs, aided by 12 points from Quan Alexander.
The Bobcats led as late as 2:24 left in the game, as Aquino stuffed home a dunk off a pass from Martin for a 66-65 lead. Georgia College missed its final six shots from the field, allowing Wingate to close out the game 8-0 after that dunk.
The Bobcats out-shot and out-rebounded their opponents tonight, hitting 44 percent (24-54) to 35 percent (22-63) and ripping down 44 boards to 41. The trouble came in the turnover department, as the Bobcats had 19, causing nine, allowing for a 23-8 deficit in points off turnovers. Wingate also went to the charity stripe 34 times, compared to GCSU's 18.
Martin now has 1,016 points in his four-year career, standing 70 behind Stan Lynn (1988-90) for 13th place. He also moved ahead of Mike Brown (1994-96) in career three-point field goals with 132. With seven assists tonight, Rowland moves ahead of Shejdie Childs (2005-07) to seventh in the school's career assists list. He is 16 behind Bryan Harrison (2004-06) in sixth.
The Bobcats will look for the tournament split tomorrow, facing Voorhees College at 3 p.m. Georgia College returns home Jan. 13 to take on Georgia Southwestern State University at 7:30 p.m.
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