MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Despite five double-digit scorers, the Georgia College men's basketball team (7-4, 1-2 PBC) dropped an 80-65 contest to Georgia Southwestern State University (9-3, 2-1 PBC) Wednesday night at the Centennial Center.
The Hurricanes came in with an impressive resume, with their three losses coming to Division I Auburn University, Division I Kennesaw State University and former Division II top-15 squad USC Aiken.
Sophomore Nate Hamilton (Snellville, Ga.) led GC with a career-best 14 points off the pine, with senior forward Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) adding 12. Reece Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) had 11, while Ryan Legates (Marietta, Ga.) and Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) scored 10 points each. Wiedeman also had eight rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Both teams were on fire in the first half. The Bobcats hit for an even 50 percent at 12-of-24, bettered by the Canes 14-of-27 for 52 percent. The Hurricanes led 37-33 at the break.
The rim had a lid on it in the second half for GC, as the Bobcats shot only 22 percent (8-37) and GSW managed 45 percent (13-29).
GSW's Phillip Brown put up a double-double tonight with 13 points and 14 boards, while Evan Mobley led all scorers with 23 and nine caroms. Colin Slotter had 15 points, Tallmadge Bell 13 and Trayce Macon 10 as all five Hurricane starters reached double-digit scoring.
Wiedeman's two blocks tie him with Hurst for sixth in career swats at Georgia College with 67. The all-time series is now 30-28 in GSW's favor.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 15 at 3:30 p.m., hosting Armstrong Atlantic (8-4, 2-2 PBC). The Pirates most recently lost 63-61 at No. 5 Augusta State University tonight.
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