November 20, 2010

GC Men’s Hoops Takes First Loss of Season, 60-57

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – A tight contest throughout, the Georgia College men's basketball team (2-1) dropped its first game of the 2010-11 season, a 60-57 decision at Tusculum College (2-3) in day two of the Pioneer Classic.

Neither team had a double-digit lead in the second half. Senior Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) hit a three-pointer with 14 seconds left to cut the Pioneer lead to one at 58-57, Hurst's only points of the game. Needing to foul, the Bobcats sent Justin Steigerwald to the line with four seconds remaining, where he knocked down both shots for the 60-57 final score.

Junior guard Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) put in 17 points to lead all Bobcat scorers, and classmate Mike Augustine (Waterloo, Ill.) had his first double-digit scoring game with 14 off the GC bench.

Tusculum's Rob Troutman packed plenty of scoring punch with 27 points, hitting four three pointers and going 15-of-17 from the line.

Shooting was the story, as Tusculum made over half of their chances (14-26) from the floor, including six threes. The Pioneers also knocked down 81 percent (26-32) from the charity stripe.

The Bobcats hit 44 percent (19-43) from the floor, but just 38 percent (8-21) in the second half. GC finished 14-of-25 (.560) from the free-throw line.

The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. traveling to Anderson University (2-3). The Trojans most recently lost to the University of Montevallo today 79-75.

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