MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men's basketball team (4-1) had four scorers in double-digits, but it was five late free-throws that sealed the deal as the Bobcats beat Anderson University (3-2) in GC's home opener Tuesday, 76-71.
After a 13-5 run cut the Bobcat lead to two at 71-69 with 47 seconds left, sophomore guard Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.), a lifetime 42 percent free-throw shooter, made all four of his charity tosses in the next two possessions to ice the game. Robinson would finish with those four points, three assists and two rebounds in 11 minutes of high-energy action.
Senior Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) continued his torrid pace, following Saturday's 30-point effort with a game-high 24 tonight, hitting three from long range and all five of his free-throws. Forward Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) tallied his fifth-straight double-double, nabbing a game-high 16 boards to go with 14 points. Mike Augustine (Waterloo, Ill.) and J.P. Davis (Albany, Ga.) each had 11 points, with Davis adding eight rebounds, including five on the offensive side.
The Trojans scored the first four points of the game, and held the lead until the 7:17 mark of the first half. Another late surge by AU made the score 40-36 at the half.
Anderson stretched the advantage to nine at the 18:03 mark of the second half, but GC responded with a quick 13-0 run to take over. The Bobcats would keep the lead for the remainder of the game, but it wouldn't stay comfortable. The late 13-5 run for Anderson was capped by a pair of Stephen Cobb free-throws, but Robinson countered with a pair of his own to move it back to a four-point lead.
A missed Anderson lay-up was grabbed by the 5-foot-7 Robinson, who was then fouled again and made it a six-point game with 24 seconds remaining to effectively put it out of reach.
While the teams were close in shooting, Anderson at 47 percent (28-60) and GC at 46 (26-56), the 'Cats out-did the Trojans in the second half 45 percent to 38 percent en route to a 40-31 second half effort.
Cobb led the Trojans with 16 points, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. AU also got 15 from Nick Trull and 11 points with four assists from Denzail Jones.
With the 16 rebounds tonight, Aquino now has 523 in his career, passing Johnny Simpson (1984-86) for seventh in school history. Aquino now stands 33 behind current assistant coach Josh Hurst (2007-11).
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Nov. 26 at 3:30 p.m. to host the NAIA's Brewton-Parker College.
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