By Brian DeCandia, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Georgia College men's basketball team (2-1) dropped its first game of the 2011-12 season at No. 25 Queens University (3-0) Friday night at the Queens Final Fire Classic, 71-58.
Senior Ryan Aquino's (Roswell, Ga.) team-high 17 points was not enough to propel the Bobcats past the Royals. Aquino shot 6-of-13 (.462) from the field and recorded another double-double as he pulled down a game-best 10 caroms. Classmate Mike Augustine (Waterloo, Ill.) netted 13 points shooting .500 (5-10) from the field and 3-of-4 (.750) from downtown.
The game didn't start off the way the Bobcats had hoped, as Queens went on an 8-0 run over the first minute and a half. The Bobcats came roaring back with an 11-3 run to tie the game. That would be the last time this game was tied as the Royals went up 13-11 and never looked back, leading 33-25 at the half.
The second half was controlled by Queens, extending their lead to 22 with 1:29 left, their biggest of the game. The Bobcats made a final surge but it was not enough, eventually falling by 13 points and suffering their first loss of the season.
The Bobcats won the turnover battle 21-16 but lost the rebounding war 32-27. GC oddly had more offensive boards (14) than defensive (13).
The Bobcats shot 22-of-59 (.373) from the field and 44 percent (7-16) from beyond the arc. Queens shot an astounding 62 percent (28-45) from the field and 6-of-11 (.545) from three. The Bobcats haven't had an opponent hit for that high a percentage from the field since Jan. 21, 2004, when the University of North Florida hit for 66 percent (25-38).
Queens was powered by a pair of 19-point efforts, one from starting guard Daniel Bailey and another off the pine from Brandon Nichols. Brent Evans chipped in with 14 points and seven boards.
GC looks to rebound tomorrow against Belmont Abbey College, set to tip-off at 6 p.m. in the Bobcats' final game of the Queens Final Fire Classic.
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