Ferguson’s Career Night Powers Bobcats past UNCP, 63-61

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A Scott Ferguson (Roswell, Ga.) three-point play with five ticks left capped an amazing night for the senior and gave Georgia College men's basketball (6-4, 2-1 PBC) a 63-61 victory over UNC Pembroke (8-5, 1-2 PBC) Thursday night in the Centennial Center.

Ferguson finished with a career-high 28 points, going 11-for-19 from the floor, including a trio of three-pointers. He added six boards to the cause.

With just five seconds remaining and the Bobcats down one, junior Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) made a diving grab of a loose-ball offensive rebound and the bench called its final timeout to avoid a tie-up.

On the next play from the baseline, Robinson found Ferguson curling around a screen, who hit an 18-footer from the baseline and then was knocked to the ground by a Brave defender. The one point lead became two after the free throw, and the Braves failed to get a shot off on the offensive end as time expired.

Ferguson was flanked by 12 points off the pine for Nate Hamilton (Snellville, Ga.), hitting three of his own from long range. Senior Tarrence Chatman (Macon, Ga.) had nine points to go with four rebounds.

The Bobcats edged UNCP in field goal percentage, shooting 45 percent (23-51) and the Braves just 41 percent (26-63). While Georgia College doubled the Braves in threes (6-3), UNCP made up for it with extra chances, out-rebounding the Bobcats 19-11 on the offensive glass and 39-31 overall.

Forward Brandon Winford led the Braves with 13 points, adding eight boards. Shahmel Bracket had 12 points, while reserve Griffin Pittman added 10.

A tight ballgame throughout, the contest featured 15 lead changes and the score was tied on six occasions. Neither team posted a double-digit lead.

The Bobcats return to action Saturday, Jan. 5 at 3:30 p.m. hitting the road to North Georgia.

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