December 31, 2010

GC Men End 2010 with Big Win, 81-49

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Georgia College men's basketball team (7-2) may be an old acquaintance that St. Augustine's College (1-7) would like to forget after a 81-49 Bobcat win Friday in day two of the Hampton Inn & Suites Holiday Classic, hosted by Armstrong Atlantic.

Senior forward Reece Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) had 13 to lead the team in scoring for the second-straight contest, as 12 different GC players reached the scoring column.

GC hit 50 percent (14-28) of its shots in the first half, building a 37-19 lead and not looking back. Surprisingly enough, the 49 points are just the third-lowest total given up by a defensive-minded Bobcat squad this season, behind 30 surrendered to Carson-Newman College and 47 allowed to Carver Bible College.

Wiedeman's 13 came on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor, and was aided by 11 points each from both Nate Hamilton (Snellville, Ga.) and Mike Augustine (Waterloo, Ill.). Wiedeman's point total came in just over half the game, as he had just 21 minutes of action in the blowout.

Junior Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) had a solid line of eight points, seven boards and four assists. Leading the team in helps was Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) with five.

Wiedeman has led the team in scoring in the last two games, and has scored in double figures in five of the last six. Hamilton has a similar feat in four of the last five.

The Bobcats dominated in takeaways, getting 18 while giving up just nine. The offense got everyone involved to the tune of matching a season-high with 20 assists. The last time GC had more than 20 assists was a year ago at this tournament against Voorhees College with 23.

Georgia College shot 47 percent (32-68), while allowing just 33 percent (18-54) from the floor.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 8 at 3:30 p.m., returning to the Centennial Center to face Clayton State University (9-3, 1-1 PBC). GC is 1-0 in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC).  

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