MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In front of the largest crowd of the 2011-12 season, the Georgia College men's basketball team (8-7, 1-5 PBC) dropped the "Battle of the Cats II", a close 59-56 contest to Augusta State University (9-7, 5-3 PBC) Wednesday in the Centennial Center.
A Travis Keels turnaround jumper gave ASU it's final lead with 27 seconds remaining.
Senior forward Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) had a game-high 18 points, including a pair of threes, adding 11 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season. Junior guard Ryan Lively (Cumming, Ga.) knocked down five from long range for a career-high 15 points.
The Bobcats led at halftime 32-27, thanks in large part to Lively's marksmanship in hitting all four of his first-half three-point attempts. The game never reached larger than a seven-point difference in the second half.
Down 55-48 with 5:55 remaining, GC powered back with an 8-0 run taking a 56-55 lead on a Mike Augustine (Waterloo, Ill.) tip-in. Augustine finished with seven points. On their next possession, the Jaguars missed a jumper, but got an offensive rebound on a tie-up, setting up Keels' turnaround jumper for the lead.
A GC turnover then set up two free-throws, pushing the ASU lead to three points with six seconds left. On the ensuing Bobcat possession, a last-ditch, game-tying, three-pointer rimmed out as time expired.
The Bobcats were out-shot by ASU 45 percent (21-47) to 35 percent (17-49) but balanced that out with a 36-27 lead in rebounds. The Jaguars were hot from long range, going 10-20 (.500) from behind the arc.
Devonte Thomas led ASU with 18 points, aided by 14 points and seven boards from Devon Wright-Nelson.
With his 11 rebounds tonight, Aquino moves past Tony Edmonson (1993-97) for fifth place in the Georgia College career rebounding list with 630. Stan Lynn (1988-90) stands next at 654.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. traveling to Francis Marion University (9-6, 5-3 PBC). The Patriots most recently beat North Georgia 98-94 Jan. 16.
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