SAVANNAH, Ga. - Holding its opponents to just 18 first-half points, the Georgia College & State University men's basketball team (7-2) cruised to an 88-45 win over Voorhees College (1-10) tonight at the Hampton Inn & Suites Holiday Classic, hosted by Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Senior guard Jake Rios (Bozeman, Mt.), moved to a reserve role for the first time this season responded well, hitting for 24 points including six threes with a trio of assists. Classmate Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) made three from downtown en route to 17 points.
The Bobcats held the Tigers to just eight first half field goals, as Voorhees shot a slim 30 percent (8-27) from the floor. In contrast, Georgia College made 50 percent (17-34) of its shots to build a 50-19 halftime advantage.
Senior point guard Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) had a balanced line of nine points with six assists, while sophomore forward Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) got the first start of his career, pulling down nine boards with six points. Junior forward Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) added six points and eight rebounds.
The Bobcats cleaned up on the glass, out-rebounding Voorhees 43-29. GCSU also distributed the ball well, recording 23 assists to the Tigers' 12.
Members of the NAIA Division I, Voorhees was led by 15 points and five rebounds from forward Larry Bacon. Antwan Carter and Willie Waters had eight points each.
The Bobcats finish the non-conference season at 7-2. They kick off Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play at Lander University Monday, Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
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