MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Getting double-doubles from both Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) and Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) the Georgia College men's basketball team beat Carver Bible College Wednesday 59-47 in the Bobcat home opener at the Centennial Center.
Aquino led all scorers with 16 points, to go with a career- and game-high 18 rebounds. Hurst also pulled down a career-best 14 caroms to go with his 11 points, and junior guard Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) joined in the scoring with 13 points and seven rebounds of his own.
The Bobcats opened up a 14-point lead at the half, utilizing their 48 percent shooting from the floor (13-27) and a 10-rebound advantage (25-15) to hold the Cougars at a 35-21 score.
The second half wasn't quite as sharp shooting, but the focus moved inside, as Hurst did net nine of his 11, and Aquino six of his 16.
Leading the Cougars in scoring was Bernard Parks with 16 points.
The 'Cats thumped Carver on the boards 55-27, making up for turning the ball over 23 times, the most since a Dec. 29, 2008 win over Wingate University, where Georgia College also posted 23 giveaways. One would have to go back to a Nov. 22, 2005 loss to Presbyterian College to find more than 23, as GC coughed it up 26 times in the 64-61 overtime contest.
The victory gives head coach Terry Sellers 299 on the Bobcat sidelines, and was his 497th win overall as a collegiate coach.
Hurst tallied four blocks to lead the team, putting him one behind Daryl Rufus (2000-03) for sixth place at Georgia College. Teammate Reece Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) added two for 52 in his career, and is now in solo possession of ninth.
The Bobcats travel to Tusculum College for the Pioneer Classic beginning Friday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. against Carson-Newman College (0-1). The Eagles most recently lost to Belmont Abbey College Nov. 13 86-81.
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