FLORENCE, S.C. – Some late missed free-throws combined with some Bobcat makes helped the Georgia College men's basketball team (9-7, 2-5 PBC) hold off a tough Francis Marion University (9-7, 5-4 PBC) squad 56-54 on the road Friday night.
GC made five of its last six free-throws and a big defensive rebound by Mike Augustine (Waterloo, Ill.) helped squelch any last-ditch FMU effort, ending a three-game slide for the Bobcats.
Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) led all scorers with a career-high 25 points, adding eight boards. Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) joined him with 10 points and five caroms. Scott Ferguson (Roswell, Ga.) narrowly missed a double-double with seven points and 10 rebounds.
Down 54-52 after GC's Tarrence Chatman (Macon, Ga.) hit one of two free-throws with 21 seconds left, the Patriots missed a shot on the ensuing possession. Zamarius McLendon worked his way to the foul line off rebounding contact, hitting the first shot from the charity stripe. Forced to miss the second on purpose, GC's Augustine dove and cradled the ball, drawing a tie-up with the possession arrow faced in the visiting team's direction.
Sophomore Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) was fouled on the in-bounds pass, knocked down both tosses for his only points in the game and a 56-54 lead. With 5.5 seconds left, FMU couldn't manage a score on the other end despite two tries, and the horn sounded on the Bobcat win.
GC was out-shot 38 percent (20-53) to 34 percent (20-59) in the defensive battle. The Bobcats worked for the extra possessions on the offensive glass—winning 11-9—and in turnovers, causing 17 while allowing just seven.
The leading scorer for FMU was Liki Turner with 13 points, aided by a double-double from McLendon with 10 points and 11 boards.
The Bobcats continue their weekend road trip traveling to PBC foe UNC Pembroke Sunday, Jan. 22 set for a 3:30 p.m. start.
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