Bobcats Win Fourth-Straight, Topple Tusculum 76-59
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - Senior guard Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) knocked down a season-best 23 points, pacing the Georgia College & State University men's basketball team (4-0) to its largest win of the young season, taking out Tusculum College (3-2) 76-59 in the final day of the Dick Campbell Memorial Classic at Carson-Newman College.
Martin did his damage from multiple spots, going 8-for-9 from the charity stripe and 7-of-15 from the floor, adding four assists.
Junior forward Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) had his highest scoring game this season, nabbing 14 points with a team-best nine boards. Hurst had a perfect night, going 5-of-5 from the floor, including two three-pointers, and adding a 2-for-2 effort from the line. Reece Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) had 10 points to go with five rebounds and a pair of swats.
The Bobcats simply made better on their chances, shooting 55 percent (24-44) from the floor, compared to the Pioneers' 38 percent (16-42).
Kyle Moore led TC with 13 points, with an 11-for-14 night at the free-throw line. Josh Bennett added 11 points and as many rebounds for a double-double off the bench, while Rob Troutman scored 11 as well.
Just a 33-31 game in GCSU's favor at the half, the ‘Cats busted it open in the second period. Senior guard Jake Rios (Bozeman, Mt.) hit a jumper to stretch the lead to six with 7:03 left in the game, sparking a 20-7 run for the remainder of the contest. Martin's lay-up with 4:39 left put the score into a double-digit advantage where it would stay for the rest of the game.
Georgia College starts 4-0 for the fourth-straight season, but the Bobcats haven't pulled off that fifth win to open the year since going 7-0 to start the 2006-07 campaign.
The Bobcats are back in action Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. against Carver Bible College in the Centennial Center.
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