NEWBERRY, S.C. – Senior forward Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) scored a career-high 24 points Saturday night to power Georgia College men's basketball (2-0) to a 79-65 win at Newberry College (1-1). As a result, the Bobcats take the 2011 Mom Reeves Classic Championship.
Aquino hit nine field goals and five free-throws for his career-best 24 points. His previous high was 20, set last season against Francis Marion University. The senior forward added team-highs with 12 rebounds, five steals and five assists for his first double-double of the young season.
The victory helps GC open up 2-0 for the sixth-straight season. Classmate Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) had 15 points with six boards, while junior forward Scott Ferguson (Roswell, Ga.) tallied his first double-digit scoring game with 10 points and five caroms.
Chipping in with nine points apiece were Quin Bivins (Macon, Ga.) and J.P. Davis (Albany, Ga.). Davis added four assists as well against the Wolves, a team he played for during his freshman season.
A back-and-forth affair in a first half that featured four ties and three lead changes, GC used a Davis lay-in with 1:28 remaining to take a 31-29 lead into the half. GC came out of the lockerroom on a quick 10-2 run in the first 3:19 of the second half, then a big 20-5 run over a six-minute stretch later in the frame put it out of reach.
The Bobcats out-shot the Wolves 43 percent (29-67) to 39 percent (22-56) from the floor. GC caused a whopping 25 turnovers while committing 15, and held a 17-9 lead in offensive rebounds.
Chris Reynolds led the charge for Newberry with 10 points and 11 boards, aided by 10 points off the pine from Savad Garner.
The 12 rebounds for Aquino gives the senior 486 in his career, passing Willie Jones (1980-82) and tying George Askew (1996-2000) for eighth place in Georgia College's all-time rebounding list. The Bobcats remain perfect against the Wolves all-time, improving to 5-0.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m., traveling to Queens (N.C.) University for day one of the Queens Final Fire Classic.
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