MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men's basketball team (3-1) won its home opener for the seventh-straight season Wednesday night, taking down Clark Atlanta University (0-4) 61-53 at the Centennial Center.
The Bobcats got a balanced effort, with three scorers in double figures and 10 of the 11 players that saw action also reaching the scoring column. Sophomore forward David Wagner (Dallas, Ga.) tallied a game-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
Senior forward Scott Ferguson (Roswell, Ga.) narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points and eight boards, while junior guard Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) posted career-bests in both points (10) and rebounds (6) while not missing a shot at 5-of-5 in field goals.
The Bobcat bench out-scored the Panther reserves 24-10, led by Ferguson.
Georgia College dominated the early going, holding CAU without a field goal for the first eight minutes. During the stretch, the Bobcats jumped to a 12-4 advantage and never trailed the contest. The lead stretched out as high as 12 in the first half.
The Panthers cut the advantage as low as a two in the second half at 34-32 on a pair of free-throws from Jerrel Joye with 13:56 left to go, but Georgia College responded with a quick 11-0 run to put it out of reach. Joye would finish with 14 points to lead his squad, flanked by Johnnel Young's 11.
The Bobcats out-shot the Panthers 36 percent (21-58) to 33 percent (17-51), but Georgia College hit just 4-for-22 (.182) from long range. Georgia College controlled the boards 41-35.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m., traveling to Anderson University.
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