AMERICUS, Ga. – A rough first half set the tone as the Georgia College men's basketball team (8-13, 4-10 PBC) lost 70-52 at Georgia Southwestern State University (11-11, 7-8 PBC) Saturday night. Georgia College trailed 30-17 after the first 20 minutes.
Junior guard Joey Bell (Hinesville, Ga.) led the Bobcats with a career-high 12 points, knocking down four field goals and going a perfect 4-for-4 from the line. Bell also nabbed four rebounds. Senior forward Scott Ferguson (Roswell, Ga.) added eight points with six rebounds, while freshman Ryan Blumenthal (Kennesaw, Ga.) scored six points.
"The guys played hard defensively against a pretty tough team, just didn't quite get enough stops," said head coach Terry Sellers. "Offensively, we didn't make enough shots to give ourselves a chance."
The Bobcats were out-shot 54 percent (25-46) to 27 percent (15-56) from the floor. The Hurricanes also owned a 42-24 advantage on the glass. The Bobcats stayed in the game by causing more turnovers (17-8) to create more offensive possessions.
GSW's Alan Arnett posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, all in a reserve role, the second-straight game a bench player has gone for a double-double against Georgia College. Matt Shaw led all scorers with 17 points. Milos Kleut added 12 points, while Michael Tankersley chipped in with 10.
The loss puts Georgia College at 4-10 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, sitting seventh in the PBC West, with the top four advancing to the conference tournament in mid-March. The Bobcats are two games out of fourth in the loss column.
The Bobcats return home Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. to take on Clayton State University (11-11, 7-8 PBC). The Lakers most recently beat the University of Montevallo tonight, 66-64.
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