GAMEDAY: GC Men's Basketball Travels to Flagler Wednesday
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The Georgia College men's basketball team (5-6, 1-3 PBC) looks to nab its first win of 2014 Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Flagler College (7-4, 1-3 PBC) for Peach Belt Conference (PBC) crossover action. The Bobcats are 2-3 in road games this season, and are playing in their first Wednesday game of the year. Catch the action on Ustream and at the HomeTeam Country102FM and ESPN 1450AM; GC Hall of Famer Scott MacLeod and sports information assistant Mark Jagord will bring you the call.
Against one of the more recent PBC additions, the Bobcats lead 10-7 in the all-time series with Flagler. The teams met once last season, a 60-58 Saint win. Scott Ferguson led the Bobcats with 18 points and nine rebounds.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE 'CATS
Senior Royal Thomas matched his career-high with 26 points in an 85-77 loss for Georgia College to the University of North Georgia (5-4, 2-1 PBC) Saturday at the Centennial Center.
Royal Thomas went a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, adding a 9-for-13 effort from the field for his 26 points, adding five rebounds. He set his career high three games ago against the College of Coastal Georgia. The senior guard had 19 points in the second half.
Sophomore Terrell Harris was the only other Bobcat with double-figure scoring with 10 points and seven rebounds. It was Harris' eighth-straight game in double figures. Junior Larrentis Thomas tied for the team lead with seven boards, also needing nine points to eclipse the 100-point mark for the season. Freshman Matt Polyne provided a nice spark with nine points in 10 minutes off the bench.
The Nighthawks shot the lights out, hitting for 52 percent (27-52) to just 40 percent (27-68) for the Bobcats. UNG made five more threes (9-4) and three more free-throws (22-19) to provide the difference. Georgia College controlled the boards 41-34, including an 18-10 advantage on the offensive glass.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
Members of the PBC East Division, Flagler enters Saturday's action with wins in two of their last three, including a 82-68 win over Clayton State University Saturday. The Saints are third in the PBC in scoring (82.2) and fifth in points allowed (71.4).
Keith Matthews is the leading scorer on the team at 16.9 points per game, good for seventh in the PBC. Matthews does it all, ranking fourth in the PBC in rebounding at 10.3 per game as well. He is one of four players in the PBC averaging a double-double. Dennis Diaz and Richard Brown are tied for second on the squad in scoring at 11.1 points per game.
LAST TIME AGAINST FLAGLER
The Georgia College men's basketball team (6-6, 2-3 PBC) lost a tight battle with Flagler College (5-7, 1-4 PBC) 60-58 in the Centennial Center Jan. 10, 2013.
Ante Gospic performed on both ends for Flagler in the waning seconds, sealing the two-point win with the game's final four points and by blocking a potential game-tying shot as time expired.
Senior forward Scott Ferguson paced three double-digit scorers for the Bobcats, tallying 18 points and nine rebounds with three steals. Classmate Tarrence Chatman put in a season-best 10, while junior guard Aaron Robinson made all five of his free-throws en route to 11 points off the bench. Freshman Alex Reid was just outside the group with nine points on three from long range.
The Bobcats were out-shot 45 percent (21-47) to 39 percent (22-57) but stayed in the ballgame with a 16-8 advantage in turnovers caused as well as an 8-5 lead in offensive boards.
Head coach Terry Sellers begins his 21st season at the helm of the Bobcat basketball team, owning a 344-227 (.602) record on the GC bench. Sellers picked up his 200th career PBC win against UNC Pembroke Jan. 3, 2013. He could pick up his 350th Georgia College win as early as Jan. 25 at Young Harris College.
CAN I HELP YOU?
Against Coastal Georgia Dec. 22, senior point guard Aaron Robinson tallied an impressive 11 assists, just two off the school record set by Shejdie Childs in the 2006-07 season. The last time a Bobcat had more than 11 assists was Ty Rowland's 12 in the 2008-09 campaign. In the NCAA era of GC men's basketball, only Childs, Rowland and Bryan Harrison have recorded more than 11 assists in a game.
In that game alone, Robinson passed both Keb Burley and Marcus Langston to take ninth in Georgia College history for career assists. Robinson's now stands at 232, ranking 25 behind Childs and eighth place all-time. At his current rate of 3.8 assists per game, Robinson would pass Childs in seven games, or Jan. 29 at home against Clayton State University.
CLEANING THE GLASS
The Bobcats have the fourth-most rebounds per game in the PBC at 40.8 per contest. Georgia College also owns a +1.9 rebounding margin on the year, ranking ninth in the league. Georgia College's best rebounding effort was 58 in the triple-overtime loss to Albany State. That game also featured the season's best margin thus far at +15.
After starting the season with a -10 effort against Clark Atlanta, the Bobcats REBOUNDED [eh, see what I did there?] with a +15, +8 and +3. Georgia College has the No. 5 and No. 17 rebounders in the conference in Larrentis Thomas (8.8) and Terrell Harris (6.4).
-Terrell Harris is seven points from 200 in his career at Georgia College.
-Larrentis Thomas needs three more rebounds for 100 boards.
"FREE" - STYLE
Ryan Blumenthal is 34-for-38 from the free-throw line this season, hitting for a 89.5 percentage. Should this torrid pace hold up for the sophomore, he will tie the school record set by Mike Brown during the 1995-96 season. Brown went 85-for-95 that year. In order to qualify for the percentage mark, a player must average 2.5 attempts per game, and Blumenthal is at 3.5 per contest right now. Sophomore David Wagner missed his first free-throw of the season Saturday against North Georgia, and now leaves freshman Kelvin Nwanze with the title of Mr. Perfect at 8-for-8 on the year.
Senior guard Royal Thomas continues to show marked improvement over his previous efforts, closing his career with a bang. He already has posted nine games with 10-plus scoring, where in his previous three seasons he had just six total. He put up 26 against Coastal Georgia, matched that number against North Georgia, and also had his first double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Albany State. His 13.6 points per game are 7.6 more per contest than last season, and 5.1 rebounds are 2.4 more than last year.
The Bobcats return home to battle Young Harris College Saturday, Jan. 11 a 3:30 p.m. tip.