The Georgia College men's basketball team (9-15, 5-12 PBC) looks for back-to-back home wins Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. hosting Lander University (16-10, 10-7 PBC) in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) crossover action. The event will serve as Senior Day as well as both Art and Basketball Night and the Bobcats Against Hunger group will be raising funds and awareness. Catch the action on the HomeTeam Country102FM and ESPN 1450AM; GC Hall of Famer Scott MacLeod and sports information student Nick Burgess will bring you the call. The Bobcats are 5-5 at home this year, and 1-3 in Wednesday games.
The Bobcats and the Bearcats have met 32 times on the hardwood, with Georgia College owning a 27-15 advantage in the all-time series. The Bobcats won last season's meeting in Greenwood, S.C. 56-54, and own a four-game streak within the series.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE 'CATS
The Georgia College men's basketball team (9-15, 5-12 PBC) dropped a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) road battle at No. 16 University of Montevallo (20-4, 13-4 PBC) Saturday, 95-87.
The Bobcats got a pair of 20-point scorers in sophomore Terrell Harris and senior Royal Thomas. Harris finished with 26 points, six rebounds and three assists. Royal Thomas had 24 points, two off his career high.
Junior Larrentis Thomas had his second-straight double-double at 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, his ninth double-double overall this season. Classmate Jeremy Newsome exploded for a career high 18 points in just 13 minutes, knocking down 5-for-9 from long range.
The Bobcats out-shot the Falcons 49 percent (31-63) to 46 percent (32-70) from the floor, but Montevallo made three more from long range (11-8) and hit three more free-throws (20-17) as well.
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
The Bearcats take the court at third in the PBC East Division, with a 10-7 conference record. Lander enters tonight's game off a win over the University of North Georgia at home, and three wins in its last five. The Bearcats are 13th in the league in scoring at 73.1 points per game, but allow just 68.9 points per contest, good for second in the PBC. Lander excels at keeping turnovers down, ranking third in the league at just 11.3 giveaways per game.
Senior wing Jareal Smith is tops on his team and 17th in the Peach Belt in scoring at 14.3 points per game.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST THE BEARCATS
Senior forward Scott Ferguson had 26 points, including three crucial late threes to seal a win for Georgia College men's basketball (9-16, 5-13 PBC) 56-54 at Lander University (8-17, 3-15 PBC) Feb. 28, 2013.
With the Bobcats trailing 49-44 at the 5:10 mark in the second half, Ferguson hit three-point shots on three consecutive possessions. When the dust settled, Georgia College had a 53-51 advantage with 3:29 remaining.
The remainder of the contest became a free-throw battle, the Bobcats out-lasting the Bearcats to the finish. With the Bobcats down one and 26 seconds left, David Wagner got a steal that eventually turned into two free throws for Royal Thomas and a 55-54 lead.
Lander missed a three that would've given them a two-point advantage and the Bobcats hit another free throw for the 56-54 final.
Head coach Terry Sellers begins his 21st season at the helm of the Bobcat basketball team, owning a 348-236 (.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 Childs, Harrison and Darrell Flowers to now stand at 295, ranking 14 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 2.8 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 47 percent (411-868 ) 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 68.2 percent in losses.
The Bobcats take to the road for the final contest of the 2013-14 season Saturday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m. at Armstrong Atlantic State University.