MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men's basketball team (14-8, 7-6 PBC) picked up a big win for the school's annual Homecoming Game Saturday, dropping Columbus State University (13-9, 8-5 PBC) 57-47 in the Centennial Center.
GC led the game throughout in a tight contest, the spread only reaching double figures twice.
Senior Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) continued his torrid pace, netting 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting. The big man also yanked down a game-high in rebounds with nine.
Senior guard Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) joined Aquino in double-figure scoring with 10 points, adding five boards and four steals. Sophomore point guard Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) had another solid game, scoring eight points while adding a career-high seven assists and turning it over just once.
Both teams shot poorly in the defensive-minded contest, GC edging CSU 40 percent (21-53) to 37 percent (17-46). The Bobcats got a few extra chances thanks to a plus-10 margin in turnovers, causing 19 and allowing just nine. The game was the sixth this season with single-digit turnovers for GC.
The Cougars were led by 15 points and eight boards from Paul Darkwa, with frontcourt mate Steve Peterson adding 11 points.
The win makes GC 7-6 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) action, good for sole possession of third place in the PBC West Division. GC trails Columbus State by just one game, and leader the University of Montevallo by two. The top four advance to the PBC Tournament, held March 1-4 in Columbus, Ga.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. playing host to North Georgia for GC's final home contest of the 2012 season. The game will be Senior Day for GC, as they will honor Aquino, Holmes and Mike Augustine (Waterloo, Ill.) prior to the contest.
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