January 17, 2011

Bobcat Men Beat Flagler with Balance, 83-65

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Utilizing six double-digit scorers and a pair of double-doubles to boot, the Georgia College men's basketball team (9-4, 3-2 PBC) manhandled Flagler College (9-5, 3-3 PBC) 83-65 Monday night in the Centennial Center.

Junior guard Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) paced the scoring for GC, knocking down 15 points with four rebounds. Both Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) and Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) tallied double-double efforts, Aquino with 13 points and 10 rebounds, Hurst with 10 points and 15 boards. The 15 caroms for Hurst was a career-best.

Sophomore Ryan LeGates (Marietta, Ga.) had 13 points including a pair of threes, while Reece Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) and Mike Augustine (Waterloo, Ill.) had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Augustine was perfect shooting for the night, 4-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line.

"The balanced scoring speaks well for our team," said head coach Terry Sellers. "It's probably our most consistent performance over an entire 40 minutes that we've had this season."

The Bobcats struggled with the Saints in the first half, when the score was tied three times with six lead changes. The final tie came with 7:42 left at 27-27, and the 'Cats responded with a 15-5 run for the remainder of the half, leading 42-32 at the break. GC continued to pull away in the second stanza, beating Flagler 41-33.

The Bobcats controlled the boards 42-30, and got a 23-7 advantage in points off the bench. Points in the paint were also in Georgia College's favor, 36-24.

Eddie Fowler led Flagler in scoring with 17, aided by 16 points from John Pietkiewicz and 14 points and six assists from D.J. Ferguson.

The Bobcats shot 51 percent from the field (31-61), hitting over half of their shots for the first time since a loss at Anderson University Nov. 23.

Hurst's 15 rebounds give the forward 477 in his career, passing Julius Wilcox (1984-88) and Ken Kemp (2005-09) into ninth in the GC recordbooks. Hurst is now four rebounds behind No. 8 Willie Jones (1980-82).  

GC is back in action Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m., traveling to Columbus State University (6-7, 2-2 PBC). The Cougars most recently beat Francis Marion University 70-67 Sunday.

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