GCSU Men Start Conference Season with Win, 74-58

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GREENWOOD, S.C. - The Georgia College & State University men's basketball team (8-2, 1-0 PBC) started the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schedule with a victory tonight, drubbing Lander University (5-6, 0-3 PBC) 74-58.

The Bobcats took the lead for good at the 8:16 mark in the first half on a jumper by Trent Fildes (Adelaide, Australia), two of his seven points, and would never look back thanks to strong defense and rebounding prowess. Georgia College allowed just 34 percent (22-64) shooting from the floor, and out-rebounded the Bearcats 42-36. Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) led a balanced effort on the glass with eight rebounds.

Senior guard Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) led all scorers with 17 points, ripping five boards with four assists. The Preseason All-PBC selection has led GCSU in scoring five times, and has scored in double-digits for all 10 games this season.

The two-headed point guard duo of Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) and Andre Mikell (Snellville, Ga.) had 11 points each, Rowland adding a game-high seven assists. Center Robert Thomas (Mankato, Minn.) snuck into double-digit scoring with 10 points, thanks in large part to a 6-of-7 effort from the free-throw line.

The Bobcats made 11 threes, shooting at an impressive 55 percent clip against a team that allowed just 35 percent from long distance coming into the game.

Lander got 16 points from Dane Sparrow to lead the way, aided by 14 points with six rebounds from Tovi Bailey.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. traveling to Clayton State University (7-4, 1-1 PBC). The Lakers most recently beat Rollins College 62-60 Dec. 30.

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