MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Recording three double-doubles, the No. 23 Georgia College & State University men's basketball team (20-4, 13-2 PBC) edged Columbus State University (11-13, 5-10 PBC) 77-75 Saturday, Feb. 20 in the Centennial Center. The Bobcats reach the 20-win plateau for the third-straight season, the first time the Bobcats have completed that feat since 1987-1990.
Junior forward Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) put up 15 points with 10 boards, and sophomore front-court mate Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) added an 11-point, 11-rebound effort. Senior guard Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) added a different kind of double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.
Senior guard Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) led the Bobcat scoring punch with 20 points, hitting 7-of-16 from the floor. Georgia College needed all of these efforts to combat Brandon Bland netting 29 points on 11-of-19 from the floor.
Martin scored the final six points of the game for Georgia College, including two free-throws with nine seconds left, forcing the Cougars into shooting a three, which they couldn't deliver. Bland cut the lead to two with a free-throw, had to miss the second on purpose, and Aquino batted the rebound out to halfcourt as time expired.
The Bobcats were out-shot 52 percent (29-56) to 41 percent (27-66), but caused four more turnovers (15-11) and pulled down six more offensive boards (19-13) to create the extra opportunities needed to win.
CSU was led by Bland as well as 15 points from Lamar Williams, and 13 from Donta Ridley.
The win puts Georgia College at 13-2 in the division, clinching a PBC West title.
Georgia College hits 20 wins for the 11th time in school history, the eighth in head coach Terry Sellers' history.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m., hosting the University of Montevallo for Senior Night.
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