Second-Half Surge Pushes Bobcat Men Past Montevallo, 61-52

MONTEVALLO, Ala. – A four-point halftime deficit couldn't hold the Georgia College men's basketball team (16-8, 9-6 PBC) down Saturday, as they slipped past Peach Belt Conference (PBC) West Division leader University of Montevallo (19-7, 10-5 PBC) 61-52 on the road.

Another Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) double-double, combined with three double-digit scorers helped the Bobcats pull off another win.

Aquino posted 12 points with 15 big rebounds, one off his season high which he has grabbed twice this season. Senior Mike Augustine (Waterloo, Ill.) went 5-for-9 from the floor en route to a game-high 14 points, grabbing five rebounds as well. Senior Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) added 11 points and six rebounds to the cause as well.

Down 47-42 after a Montevallo layup at the 9:10 mark of the second half, GC went on a 12-0 surge, capped by a Holmes three-point play at the 5:47 mark. GC used that momentum to close out the game.

The teams shot nearly identical from the floor, but the Bobcats made three more three point shots (5-3) and four more free-throws (10-6) to seal the win.

The PBC's leading scorer D.J. Rivera was held to just 14 points by a stingy Bobcat defensive effort, led by Holmes. DeMarcus Catchings added 13 points and Marvin Fitzgerald had 10.

With the win, GC is now 9-6 in PBC play, and just one game behind West Division leader Montevallo. Columbus State University needs a win over Clayton State University tonight to stay tied with the Bobcats for second place in the West.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m., taking on Georgia Southwestern State University on the road.

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