AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University men's basketball team will make its fifth trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament this weekend, and you can be a part of the action.
Georgia College, the No. 4-seed, takes on No. 5-seed and 2007 National Champion Barton College at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at Augusta State University's Christenberry Fieldhouse.
The 22-6 Bobcats will play in the fourth of four games that day, and GCSU mascot "Thunder" Wants You to come out and support the Bobcat cagers as they do battle with the Barton Bulldogs.
Ticket information is available at http://www.aug.edu/athletics/sports/mbasketball/09ncaa/.
The Bobcats rely on the long-range shot and taking good care of the ball. Georgia College is fourth in the nation in threes made, averaging 10.3 per contest. GCSU is also 10th in turnover margin (+4.6) and 12th in turnovers per game (11.7).
The standard starting five for the Bobcats has been senior guard Shaun Keaton (Albany, Ga.), senior forward Ken Kemp (Dublin, Ga.), junior guards Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) and Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) and sophomore forward Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.).
Keaton ranks in the top five in scoring in school history, and is the school's all-time three-point shooter. He's scored 20-plus in each of his last five games.
Kemp is 10th in career rebounding at GCSU, despite playing an undersized forward at 6-foot-3.
Rowland is 86th in the nation at 4.2 assists per game, also taking 59th in assist to turnover ratio.
Martin is second on the team in scoring at 11.9 per game. He's also crept his way into the top-10 in career threes made at GCSU.
Hurst is one of two players to start all 27 games this season for Georgia College. He leads the team in blocks with 31, is second in rebounds and third in steals.
Visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.