MACON, Ga. – The Georgia College men's basketball team dropped an exhibition contest Thursday night at Division I Mercer University 85-58, despite getting four Bobcats in double-digit scoring.
GC's junior guard Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) led all scorers with 17 points, adding four boards and three assists. Junior forward Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) and sophomore guard Ryan Legates (Marietta, Ga.) added 13 points each to the cause, while senior forward Reece Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) chipped in 10 on 4-of-6 shooting. The Bobcats had just two other players score in the 40 minutes of action.
The Bears shot extremely well, hitting 52 percent from the floor, including 18-of-25 in the second half, a 72 percent clip. The Bobcats shot solid at 42 percent overall, but managed just 1-of-13 from long range.
The Bears beat the Bobcats with turnovers and depth, having 12 players reach the scoring column, led by Brian Mills with 16 points and eight boards and Brandon Moore at 14. The Bears got 18 points off turnovers, with the Bobcats managing just seven.
The Bobcats battled in the first half, actually out-shooting the Bears 41 percent (9-22) to 36 (11-of-31). Georgia College's Aquino even led all scorers with 11 at the break. The difference came in turnovers, as Mercer led in points off takeaways 11-3 and the 'Cats trailed at the half 37-28.
The regular season starts Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m., as the Bobcats play host to the NAIA's Carver Bible College.
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