GAMEDAY: Bobcat Men Host #12 Montevallo Wednesday
The Georgia College men's basketball team (7-11, 3-8 PBC) hosts No. 12 University of Montevallo (16-2, 9-2 PBC) Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Center. The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) West Division showdown will serve as the backdrop for "March of Dimes Night" raising funds and awareness for the organization through Georgia College's Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Catch the action on the HomeTeam Country102FM and ESPN 1450AM; GC Hall of Famer Scott MacLeod and sports information student assistant Nick Burgess will bring you the call.
In one of the younger PBC series for the Bobcats, UM owns a 7-5 advantage. The Falcons both meetings last season, including a 66-52 meeting in the Centennial Center.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE 'CATS
Four double-digit scorers weren't enough, as the Georgia College men's basketball team (7-11, 3-8 PBC) lost 77-61 at Columbus State University (11-7, 5-6 PBC) Saturday.
Back in the starting lineup for the first time in nearly a month, sophomore Terrell Harris responded well to the change with a team-best 17 points and nine rebounds, narrowly missing a double-double.
Achieving his seventh double-dip on the season was junior Larrentis Thomas, nabbing a game-high 14 rebounds to go with 13 points. Sophomore Ryan Blumenthal added 13 of his own, while Royal Thomas made it made it 11 games in a row with double-digit scoring at 10 points.
Those four double-digit scorers were nearly all the Bobcats had, however, as the final eight points of the game came from reserve guard Alex Reid. Just five Bobcats reached the scoring column.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS
The Falcons enter the game tops in the PBC West Division, owning a 9-2 conference mark. Montevallo has won five in a row, and eight of its last nine, including an overtime victory at North Georgia Saturday. The Falcons are third in the PBC in scoring, averaging 80.2 points per game, and fourth in points allowed at 69.3.
Junior guard Troran Brown packs a lot of the scoring punch, providing 19.1 points per game, good for third in the league. Brown also runs the Falcon offense, to the tune of a PBC-best 128 assists.
LAST TIME AGAINST UM
The Georgia College men's basketball team (8-16, 4-13 PBC) dropped its Annual Homecoming Game 66-52 to division-leading University of Montevallo (17-8, 13-5 PBC) Feb. 23, 2013.
Senior Tarrence Chatman netted 11 points as the team's lone double-digit scorer, hitting 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. The effort marks the first time in his career that Chatman has led the Bobcats in scoring.
Classmate Scott Ferguson had eight points with a game-high eight rebounds, while junior Royal Thomas added eight to the cause as well.
The Bobcats were out-shot 50 percent (25-50) to 30 percent (16-54) from the floor, and out-rebounded 42-26. The Bobcats kept the game close by committing just eight turnovers while causing 16.
Head coach Terry Sellers begins his 21st season at the helm of the Bobcat basketball team, owning a 346-232 (.599) 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. 15 against Columbus State University at home.
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 268, ranking 12 behind Harrison and seventh place all-time. At his current rate of 4.4 assists per game, Robinson would pass Harrison in three games, or Feb. 12 at Clayton State University.
"FREE" - STYLE
Ryan Blumenthal is 54-for-60 from the free-throw line this season, hitting for a 90.0 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 3.2 per contest right now.
Terrell Harris is 14 points away from 300 on the season.
Royal Thomas is six points away from 500 in his career.
Larrentis Thomas is three points away from 200 this season.
David Wagner is 11 points from 200 in his career.
SHOOTING TELLS THE TALE
To find the success rate for Bobcat men's basketball, just check opponent shooting percentage. Opponents hit 39 percent (170-442) of their shots in Bobcat wins, to 48 percent (300-630) in Georgia College losses. The best opponent shooting percentage of the season came in a loss at UNC Pembroke Jan. 2, where the Braves hit .569 of their shots. The Bobcats' best defensive effort was Nov. 11 against Clark Atlanta at .318.
Bobcat free-throw shooting also plays a crucial role, as Georgia College is 73.1 percent in wins and 67.6 percent in losses.
The Bobcats remain home Saturday, Feb. 8 at 3:30 p.m. to host Georgia Southwestern State University.