The Georgia College men's basketball team (7-12, 3-9 PBC) hosts Georgia Southwestern State University (17-5, 9-4 PBC) Saturday, Feb. 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Centennial Center. The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) West Division showdown help flesh out the picture for the PBC playoffs in March. Catch the action on the HomeTeam Country102FM and ESPN 1450AM; GC Hall of Famer Scott MacLeod and sports information student assistant Molly Johnson will bring you the call.
In a series dating back to both team's NAIA days, GSW owns a 33-31 advantage. The Hurricanes have taken three in a row, including a 75-73 meeting this season in Americus, Ga.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE 'CATS
The Georgia College men's basketball team (7-12, 3-9 PBC) couldn't hold on to a slim 28-27 halftime lead, eventually succumbing to No. 10 University of Montevallo (17-2, 10-2 PBC) 77-66 Wednesday night in the Centennial Center.
Sophomore Terrell Harris split his game-high 22 points evenly between the two halves, hitting 9-of-15 from the floor overall. The 20-point effort was his seventh of the season.
Senior guard Royal Thomas added 14 points, with seven assists and five rebounds. Thomas inched his double-digit scoring streak up to 12 in a row. Rounding out the double-digit scorers was Robert Armstrong with 10 points and a team-best seven boards. Armstrong scored in double-figures for the first time since Dec. 13.
The Bobcats started hot, hanging with the Peach Belt Conference's (PBC) top-ranked squad. Georgia College went on a 13-1 run starting at the 9:31 mark, capped by a three from Harris for a 28-23 lead with 4:19 remaining in the half. A pair of layups by Orlando Brazier made it 28-27 at the halftime horn.
SCOUTING THE HURRICANES
The Canes take the court in the upper half of the PBC West Division ranking fourth of 14, with an 8-5 conference record. GSW has won three of their last five games, but has dropped its last two to Lander University and Young Harris College.
The Hurricanes are currently averaging 75 points per game, with help from Alan Arnett, fourth in the PBC, scoring an average of 16.7 per contest. Jonathan Brooks leads the PBC with 211 rebounds. Brooks leads the league by 17, with Armstrong Atlantic State University's Eric Eversley falling behind him.
LAST TIME AGAINST GSW
The Georgia College men's basketball team (3-2, 1-1 PBC) took on its first nationally-ranked opponent of the young season Dec. 7, falling at No. 24 Georgia Southwestern State University (9-0, 1-0 PBC), 75-70.
The Bobcats took the second half 48-41, but fell victim to an outstanding shooting effort from the Hurricanes overall. GSW knocked down 53 percent (24-45) of its shots for the game compared to a solid 44 percent (28-63) night from Georgia College.
Guards Aaron Robinson and Ryan Blumenthal shared the team lead at 14 points. Robinson's scoring was his first double-digit game of the year, while Blumenthal went 5-for-9 with a pair of threes on the day.
Senior Royal Thomas had 12 points with seven rebounds, and sophomore Terrell Harris had a 10-point performance, reaching double-digits on a three-pointer with 11 seconds left.
Head coach Terry Sellers begins his 21st season at the helm of the Bobcat basketball team, owning a 346-233 (.598) 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. 19 against Clayton 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 271, ranking nine behind Harrison and seventh place all-time. At his current rate of 4.3 assists per game, Robinson would pass Harrison in three games, or Feb. 15 against Columbus State University at home.
"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.
David Wagner is nine 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 (326-681 ) 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 68.9 percent in losses.
The Bobcats head to Clayton State University Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.