First Half Hole Downs GC Men’s Hoops, 71-49
COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Georgia College men's basketball team (17-10) dug an insurmountable first-half hole in a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Quarterfinal loss to Augusta State University (17-10) 71-49 Friday afternoon.
GC got down as much as 19 points in the first half, and was unable to get going offensively, ending the program's attempt at a third PBC Tournament title.
The Bobcats were led by 14 points from senior forward Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) adding seven rebounds. The All-PBC First Team selection kept alive the double-digit scoring streak, doing so in each of GC's 27 contests this year.
Classmate Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) added 12 points, while Tarrence Chatman (Macon, Ga.) put up 11, including three three-pointers, his first double-digit game since scoring 17 Dec. 30 against Mars Hill College.
The first half was unkind to GC, reaching the horn down 38-19. The Bobcats were out-shot 55 percent (16-29) to 29 percent (7-24) in the frame. Nine big turnovers by GC helped the Jaguar cause as well.
The Jaguars were led by an amazing 22-point, 16-rebound double-double from PBC Freshman of the Year Devon Wright-Nelson. Harold Doby added 15 from the post, while guard O'Neal Armstrong tallied 11 with a game-best six assists.
GC finished shooting 34 percent (18-53) to 51 percent (24-47) in the Bobcats' lowest scoring effort of the 2011-12 season. Augusta State also controlled the boards with a 40-25 advantage.
The Bobcats now await at-large bid selection for the NCAA Southeast Regional, but would need some help as they came in to the weekend's action as the No. 7-ranked team in the Southeast.
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