Midnight Madness a Success for Bobcat Hoops

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University basketball programs hosted Midnight Madness at the Centennial Center last night, entertaining Bobcat fans and giving them a preview of the exciting season that awaits.

The Student Government Association (SGA) and GCSU Pep Band revealed the first Georgia College Fight Song, sure to become a staple at Bobcat athletic events in the future.

In another first, the women held a dunk competition ending in a tie between seniors Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) and Candice Clark (Warner Robins, Ga.). Freshman Darrie Stephens (Cairo, Ga.) wowed the crowd with a perfect 30 points of aerial acrobatics in the men's slam dunk competition.

Junior Mandi Dudish (Snellville, Ga.) won the women's three-point shootout, while senior Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) pulled off the victory in the men's version.

The intersquad scrimmages provided plenty of entertainment as well, as the women had a 20-minute battle and the men played to a tight contest, needing sudden-death overtime to decide their winner. Senior Jake Rios (Bozeman, Mt.) provided the game winner from the right corner, sending everyone home buzzing about the upcoming season.

Many thanks to the Macon Fire Department, who helped cook the free pancakes for the raucous Centennial Center crowd.

Both teams begin their regular practice schedules today, with the first exhibition contest for both coming in an exhibition doubleheader Thursday, Nov. 5 at Mercer University, the women's game beginning at 5 p.m.

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