GC Men’s Basketball Falls to Armstrong in Season Finale, 73-68
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The season came to a close for Georgia College men's basketball (9-17, 5-14 PBC) but not without a fight Saturday, as the Bobcats lost to Armstrong (15-11, 11-8 PBC) 73-68 in overtime at the Centennial Center.
Forward Scott Ferguson (Roswell, Ga.) wowed the home crowd with 28 points, matching his career high in the final game for the senior. Ferguson hit three from long range and went 7-of-8 from the charity stripe, adding a team-high seven rebounds to boot.
An Aric Miller jumper for the Pirates knotted the score at 64-64 with 44 seconds left. Each team had a shot at the game-winner, with neither squad finding the bottom of the net again in regulation.
In overtime, Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) brought the team within one at 69-68 on a layup with two minutes left. Miller responded with another jumper to push the lead back to three, and after a Bobcat miss, free-throws pushed the lead out of reach in the waning seconds. Robinson would finish with four points.
The Bobcats out-shot the Pirates 37 percent (25-68) to 35 percent (23-66), Armstrong finding the difference at the line, doubling both the free throw attempts (32-14) and free throw makes (24-12).
Sophomore David Wagner (Dallas, Ga.) matched his career high as well with 14 points on an impressive shooting night, going 5-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Wagner posted six rebounds as well. Senior Ryan Lively (Cumming, Ga.) and freshman Robert Armstrong (Norcross, Ga.) each added six points to the cause.
Armstrong was led by 23 points from Aric Miller, right on his conference-leading average of 23.6 points per game. He was flanked by 14 points from Antroine Williford and 10 from Darius Morales. Williford had 11 boards for a double-double.
Each of the five Bobcat seniors got the start today on Senior Day, where the GC Department of Athletics honored Lively, Ferguson, Nate Hamilton (Snellville, Ga.), Tarrence Chatman (Macon, Ga.) and Quin Bivins (Macon, Ga.) prior to the contest. The quintet supplied 39 of the team's 68 points this evening.
The game brings the 2012-13 season to a close for GC men's basketball, a 9-17 year with a 5-14 conference mark. The Bobcats finished the season third in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) in fewest turnovers per game (11.3) and second in defending the three-point shot (.306). Head coach Terry Sellers picked up his 200th PBC win this season, his 20th at the helm of Bobcat basketball.
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