AMERICUS, Ga. – They wouldn't go down easy. It took three overtimes, but the Georgia College men's basketball team (14-8, 8-6 PBC) beat its second nationally-ranked team in the course of a week, edging No. 22 Georgia Southwestern State University (17-6, 10-4 PBC) 85-83 Wednesday night.
Helping the Bobcats stay undefeated in February (5-0), senior forward Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) scored all five of GC's points in the third overtime, also pulling in a big steal and a crucial defensive rebound in the frame. He finished with a team-best 12 boards to go with 21 points, a career-high. Hurst scored the team's final 13 points of the game, spanning both the second and third overtimes.
Down three early in the third overtime, freshman guard Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) pulled down an offensive board and found Hurst at the three-point line for the game tying bucket with 3:08 left. As both teams traded misses, Hurst eventually provided the go-ahead score with 1:20 left on a jumper in the paint.
GSW missed two attempts on the offensive end, with Hurst pulling down the rebound off an attempted put-back. The Bobcats were up two and missed a shot to put it out of reach, but a game-winning three-point attempt by GSW failed as time ran out.
Junior forward Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) had 16 points to go with eight boards. Classmate Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) had 14 points with a team-high five assists, while Reece Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) put in 13 points of his own.
Hurricane forward Trayce Macon had a game-high 25 points with 11 rebounds for a double-double, while Philip Brown added a 14-point, 16-rebound effort. Colin Slotter and Evan Mobley rounded out GSW's double-digit scorers with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Holmes provided the heroics in the first overtime, hitting the tying jumper with 59 seconds left. The junior also pulled down the ensuing defensive rebound that gave the Bobcats the last chance in the first overtime. Hurst also netted the game-tying shot at the end of regulation, hitting for two points with 25 seconds left.
The Bobcats are now 2-0 against ranked opponents this season, beating No. 7 Augusta State University Thursday, Feb. 10 at home. GC has now had two overtime contests this season, going 1-1, after not going to extra frames at all in 2009-10.
The Bobcats are now 8-6 in conference play, good for a three-way tie for second in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) West Division. GC's next game is homecoming weekend Saturday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. against Columbus State University (11-12, 7-7 PBC). The Cougars most recently beat Clayton State University tonight 74-64.
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