Bobcats Take Five Straight, Beat GSW 56-52
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men's basketball team (13-7, 6-5 PBC) beat Georgia Southwestern State University (12-8, 3-8 PBC) 56-52 Saturday at the Centennial Center, marking the team's fifth-straight victory.
GC closed the close game out at the free-throw line, taking advantage of a late intentional foul call to seal the win.
Senior Mike Augustine (Waterloo, Ill.) led all scorers with 17 points and eight rebounds, getting 16 points and six rebounds from classmate Jared Holmes (Indianapolis). Fellow senior Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) tallied 10 points with a game-high 13 rebounds, adding four assists.
With the shot clock winding down late, Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) knocked down a clutch jumper from the elbow for a 53-49 lead with 24 seconds left. Robinson finished with six points.
The Hurricanes' Evan Mobley answered with a highly-contested three to cut the lead to 53-52 with 17 ticks left. Mobley, the team's leading active scorer at over 14 points per game coming into this contest, was held to just five points on 2-of-7 shooting.
Needing to foul to prolong the game, the Hurricanes got a bit too aggressive and were dinged for the intentional foul, a big call with under 15 seconds left. Augustine knocked down a pair and Aquino hit the one to seal the game with the 56-52 final score.
The Bobcats were out-shot 40 percent (20-50) to 36 percent (21-58) from the floor, but got the victory with their work on the glass, a 41-27 advantage including 18-7 on the offensive glass.
The Hurricanes were led by 16 points from Marlon Rivera, Milos Kleut joining him in double figures with 10. Both men had seven rebounds.
The Bobcats will look to continue the winning streak Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., hosting Clayton State University for Faculty Appreciation Night in the Centennial Center.
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