The Georgia College men's basketball team (9-14, 5-11 PBC) looks to make it two in a row at No. 16 University of Montevallo (19-4, 12-4 PBC) Saturday, Feb. 22, at 4:30 p.m. Catch the action on the HomeTeam Country102FM and ESPN 1450AM; GC Hall of Famer Scott MacLeod will bring you the call. The Bobcats are 2-8 on the road this year, and 4-5 in Saturday games.
The Bobcats and the Falcons have met 13 times on the hardwood, with Montevallo owning an 8-5 advantage in the all-time series. The Falcons won earlier this year in Milledgeville, Ga. 77-66, and own a three-game streak within the series.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE 'CATS
Every bucket was hard-fought Wednesday, as the Georgia College men's basketball team (9-14, 5-11 PBC) edged Clayton State University (9-14, 5-11 PBC) 66-61 in the Centennial Center.
Sophomore guard Terrell Harris tallied 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds, leading all scorers. Sixteen of Harris' points came in the second half, including both of his threes.
Picking up his eighth double-double of the season was junior Larrentis Thomas ripping down 13 rebounds to go with 10 points. Senior Royal Thomas hit 6-of-9 from the floor to finish with 14 points to round out the double-digit scorers. Royal Thomas has now hit for double-figures in each of the last 16 games.
Senior guard Aaron Robinson failed to make a shot from the field, but scored three points from the free-throw line and added a game-high seven assists. Robinson moved past Darrell Flowers (1989-92) into sixth place in Georgia College history with 290 assists. Robinson now ranks third in the NCAA era of basketball at Georgia College.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS
The Falcons take the court at tops in the PBC West Division, with a 12-4 conference record. Montevallo enters game off a loss to Columbus State, and two losses in its last three. The Falcons are third in the league in scoring at 79.1 points per game, and allow 70.0 points per contest, good for fourth in the PBC. The Lakers excel at both shooting and assists, with their .490 percentage and 17.5 assists per contest both ranking tops in the PBC.
Guard Troran Brown is tops on his team and third in the Peach Belt in scoring at 17.9 points per game, despite managing just seven points in the meeting earlier this season with the Bobcats.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST THE FALCONS
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 Feb. 5 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.
Head coach Terry Sellers begins his 21st season at the helm of the Bobcat basketball team, owning a 348-235 (.597) 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 Childs, Harrison and Darrell Flowers to now stand at 290, ranking 19 behind John John Steensland and fifth place all-time. Robinson also ranks third in assists during the NCAA era of men's basketball at Georgia College.
"FREE" - STYLE
Ryan Blumenthal is 61-for-68 from the free-throw line this season, hitting for a 89.7 percentage. The sophomore is slightly above 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 (215-548) 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 70.9 percent in wins and 67.7 percent in losses.
The Bobcats return home for Senior Day Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. against Lander University. The Bobcats will honor two seniors, Aaron Robinson and Royal Thomas.