CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Senior Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) used the second half as his own personal showcase Saturday, as the Georgia College men's basketball team (3-1) overcame Belmont Abbey College (2-2) 98-91 in the final day of the Queens Final Fire Classic, hosted by Queens University.
Holmes finished with a career-high 30 points on 10-of-15 from the floor, adding 10-of-14 from the free-throw line. The guard had 23 second-half points to power the GC comeback, and chipped in with nine rebounds as well.
Junior guard Quin Bivins (Macon, Ga.) also had the best effort of his young career, posting 20 points off the pine with five boards and three steals. Not to be out-done, senior forward Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) put up his third straight double-double, tallying 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Both teams came out at a blistering pace; both squads shooting better than 50 percent in the first half, with Belmont Abbey owning a 48-81 halftime lead.
The early portion of the second half was not kind to GC, as the Crusaders improved their advantage to as high as 17 at 66-49 on a Tyshawn Good jumper at the 15:18 mark. The Bobcats responded with a 21-5 run over six minutes, cutting the lead to one at 71-70 on a Holmes layup.
Over the remainder of the contest, the lead changed nine times until the Bobcats nabbed it for good at the 1:39 mark on a Bivins three-pointer. Georgia College iced the game after that, making good on 5-of-6 free-throw attempts in the last minute of action.
GC finished shooting 53 percent (32-61) from the floor, a couple of ticks better than BAC at 50 percent (35-70). The Bobcats controlled the boards at 44-35.
Belmont Abbey was led by 33 points from Good. Joining him in double-digit scoring was Kyle Phillips with 19 points and eight boards, as well as Jay Council with 11 points.
The Bobcats get a short rest and open up the home schedule Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. against Anderson (S.C.) University (3-1). The Trojans most recently beat North Greeneville College 99-91 today.
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