The Georgia College men's basketball team (8-14, 4-11 PBC) takes on Clayton State University (9-13, 5-10 PBC) for the second time in three days, this time at home Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Center. It will be Salute to America Night and Faculty Appreciation. 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. The Bobcats are 4-5 at home this year, and 0-3 on Wednesday nights.
The Bobcats and the Lakers have met 41 times on the hardwood, with Georgia College owning a 21-20 advantage in the all-time series. Clayton State won earlier this week in Morrow, Ga. 77-66, and owns a six-game streak.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE 'CATS
Georgia College men's basketball (8-14, 4-11 PBC) out-scored Clayton State University (9-13, 5-10 PBC) by six in the second half on the road, but it wasn't enough to overcome a first-half hole as the Bobcats lost Monday, 77-66.
Senior Royal Thomas netted 23 points, his fifth 20-point game this season, to lead the Bobcats. Royal Thomas has scored in double-digits in the last 15 games. The senior was 7-for-11 from the floor and 9-of-12 from the free-throw line, powering the second-half charge with 18 points after the break.
Sophomore Terrell Harris had 15 points and eight boards, while senior Aaron Robinson chipped in with 13 points, his most since Jan. 25 at Young Harris College. Junior Larrentis Thomas flirted with a double-double at eight points and 10 rebounds.
The Bobcats were out-rebounded 41-31, but nearly overcame that by causing twice as many turnovers as they gave up (12-6).
SCOUTING THE LAKERS
The Lakers take the court at sixth in the PBC West Division, with a 5-10 conference record. Clayton enters the road trip with wins in three of their last five. The Lakers are 14th in the league in scoring at 70.7 points per game, and allow 73.3 points per contest, good for sixth in the PBC. The Lakers excel at the free-throw line, ranking third in the PBC at 73.9 percent.
Forward Charles Shedrick is tops on his team and fourth in the Peach Belt in scoring at 17.5 points per game, scoring 24 points in Monday's victory over the Bobcats.
Head coach Terry Sellers begins his 21st season at the helm of the Bobcat basketball team, owning a 347-235 (.596) 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. 26 against Lander 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. He has since passed both Childs and Harrison to now stand at 283, ranking just a single assist behind Darrell Flowers and sixth place all-time. Robinson would also rank third in assists during the NCAA era of men's basketball at Georgia College.
"FREE" - STYLE
Ryan Blumenthal is 59-for-66 from the free-throw line this season, hitting for a 89.4 percentage. The sophomore has slipped just below the school's single-season 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 3.0 per contest right now.
SHOOTING TELLS THE TALE
To find the success rate for Bobcat men's basketball, just check opponent shooting percentage. Opponents hit 39 percent (192-496) of their shots in Bobcat wins, to 48 percent (379-798 ) 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 72.9 percent in wins and 67.7 percent in losses.
Senior Royal Thomas continues a torrid pace to finish out his career at Georgia College. The guard is averaging 16.1 points per game over the last 10, and is in the midst of a 15-game streak of double-digit scoring. Over the 15 games, he is shooting 56 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the free-throw line.
During that stretch, Thomas had five 20-point games, including a career-best 26 points twice. He also put up 10 points on three different occasions, keeping the streak alive.
WHY LA-RENT WHEN YOU CAN LA-OWN
Junior Larrentis Thomas has made an immediate impact in his first season as a Bobcat. The 6-foor-3 forward is often out-matched in size with nearly every opponent, but has still put up a number of memorable performances.
Thomas averages nearly a double-double at 9.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest, the second number placing him fourth in the Peach Belt, 1.2 rebounds per game off the lead. The junior has posted seven double-doubles this season, including four in Peach Belt action. Three of those double-doubles have helped power Bobcat victories (Paine, Francis Marion and Young Harris). He has had a Bobcat career-high 15 rebounds on three different occasions, a victory at Paine on the road, a loss to Anderson at home and a loss to Columbus State at home. Thomas brings a streak of two double-digit rebounding games into tonight's action.
The Bobcats head to PBC West Division leader and No. 16 University of Montevallo Saturday, Feb. 22 at 4:30 p.m.