GREENWOOD, S.C. – When the Georgia College men's basketball team (5-4) was down 19 points early in the second half Sunday, it looked like the first meeting between the Bobcats and the College of Coastal Georgia (7-8) was sure to be a loss. Less than 20 minutes of action later, GC men's hoops had an 85-78 victory capping a sweep of action at the Finis Horne Holiday Classic at Lander University.
"These guys are competitive they don't want to lose," said head coach Terry Sellers. "They'll keep fighting and battling and that makes any coach proud."
Sophomore Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Fla.) led all scorers with 28 points on 12-of-23 shooting. Harris' fourth 20-plus point game of the season, he also grabbed seven rebounds.
Senior Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) exploded for 26 points, besting his previous game-high by nine. Thomas hit 12-of-17 from the floor and added seven rebounds of his own. Sophomore Ryan Blumenthal (Kennesaw, Ga.) had 12 points and a personal-best seven boards, while junior David Wagner (Dallas, Ga.) scored 10 points off the pine.
Senior point guard Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) failed to score a single point, but tallied an impressive 11 assists, just two off the school record set by Shejdie Childs in the 2006-07 season. The last time a Bobcat had more than 11 assists was Ty Rowland's 12 in the 2008-09 campaign. In the NCAA era of GC Men's Basketball, only Childs, Rowland and Bryan Harrison have recorded more than 11 assists in a game.
In this game alone, Robinson passed both Keb Burley and Marcus Langston to take ninth in Georgia College history for career assists. Robinson's 222 ranks 35 behind Childs all-time.
Extra possessions proved to provide the difference for the Bobcats, as they out-rebounded the Mariners 11-6 on the offensive glass and turned CCG over twice as many times (16-8). Coastal Georgia kept it close by hitting eight more three pointers than the Bobcats (11-3).
Kentorey Johnson led the Mariners in scoring with a 21-point, 11-rebound double-double. P.J. Reason added 19, and Reggie Burke rounded out the double-digit scorers with 17 points, including five threes.
The Bobcats finish 2013 on a two-game win streak, and get back to action Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m. traveling to UNC Pembroke in a return to Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play.
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