January 20, 2014

GAMEDAY: Bobcat Men Host GRU Augusta for First Time Monday

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THE GAMES
The Georgia College men's basketball team (6-8, 2-5 PBC) hosts a pair of tough ballgames this week, starting Monday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. when they take on GRU Augusta (14-2, 7-0 PBC) and ending with a Wednesday game against No. 15 USC Aiken (13-2, 5-0 PBC), both contests at the Centennial Center. Catch the action Ustream and the HomeTeam Country102FM and ESPN 1450AM; GC Hall of Famer Scott MacLeod and sports information student assistant Nick Burgess will bring you the call.

SERIES HISTORY
The Bobcats trail the all-time series with GRUA 30-17, the Jaguars winning the last three in a row. Georgia College owns a slight 25-20 lead against USC Aiken. The Pacers have won each of the last two season's meetings.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE 'CATS
The Georgia College men's basketball team (6-8, 2-5 PBC) wouldn't go down easy Jan. 15 at the University North Georgia (6-6, 3-3 PBC) eventually falling 92-88 in double overtime. The game marks two overtime contests this year for the Bobcats, the first a loss in triple overtime against Albany State University.

Sophomore Ryan Blumenthal led the Bobcats with 22 points, hitting four threes and all six of his free-throw attempts. The game was his fifth 20-point effort this season. Sophomore Terrell Harris finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks off the pine.

Senior Royal Thomas added 19 points, seven boards and four assists. Classmate Aaron Robinson posted seven points with an impressive 10 assists.

Georgia College started hot, not giving up the lead until there was 3:10 left in the first half. The pesky Bobcat cagers wouldn't let the Nighthawks pull away at any point after halftime; keeping the game within double digits. The Bobcats' Harris scored five total points on consecutive possessions with less than two minutes left, getting Georgia College a brief two-point lead that was quickly evened out by the final score of regulation.

SCOUTING THE JAGUARS
The Jaguars enter the game tops in the PBC East Division, owning a 7-0 conference mark. GRUA has won 11 in a row, including a 97-71 game at the University of North Georgia Saturday. The Jaguars are fifth in the PBC in scoring, averaging 78.5 points per game, also ranking fifth in scoring defense (71.0). They are the top squad in turnovers allowed at 10.2 per game.

Guard Ryan Weems is the leading scorer for GRUA and eighth in the league at 16.1 points per game.

LAST TIME AGAINST GRUA
The Georgia College men's basketball team (6-9, 2-6 PBC) spotted Augusta State University (9-5, 5-3 PBC) a 20-point lead to start the third edition of the Battle of the Cats rivalry game, battling throughout to fall 69-44 Jan. 21, 2013.

Junior guard Aaron Robinson was the lone Bobcat in double figures at 10 points, adding four rebounds and a pair of assists. He went 3-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-5 from the free-throw line. Scott Ferguson added nine to the scoring line.

The Bobcats were out-shot 44 percent (25-57) to 28 percent (16-58). They were also out-rebounded 45-34, but hung with the Jaguars on the offensive glass, falling 12-11.

Georgia College couldn't find the mark for the first 9:20 of the game, a drought broken by a Tarrence Chatman jumper. He finished with five points.

THE COACH
Head coach Terry Sellers begins his 21st season at the helm of the Bobcat basketball team, owning a 345-229 (.601) 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 Feb. 1 at Columbus State University.

CAN I HELP YOU?
Against the College of 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 251,  ranking six behind Childs and eighth place all-time. At his current rate of 4.4 assists per game, Robinson would pass Childs in two games, or Jan. 22 at home against USC Aiken.

"FREE" - STYLE
Ryan Blumenthal is 43-for-47 from the free-throw line this season, hitting for a 91.5 percentage. Should this torrid pace hold up for the sophomore, he will edge the school record of 89.5 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 3.6 per contest right now.

REGAL IMPROVEMENTS
Senior guard Royal Thomas continues to show marked improvement over his previous efforts, closing his career with a bang. He already has posted 12 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 14.9 points per game are 8.9 more per contest than last season, and 5.3 rebounds are 2.6 more than last year.