Lady Bobcats continue hot start while Bobcats look for consistency

Georgia College & State University split a Peach Belt conference doubleheader with Clayton College & State University Saturday night at the Centennial Center. The GC&SU Lady Bobcats (11-2, 2-1 PBC) won 94-65, while the Bobcats (5-7, 1-2 PBC) came up short in a 58-54 loss to the Lakers.

In the women’s game, GC&SU shot a dismal 26 percent (10-39) from the floor in the first half but still lead 33-29 at the intermission. GC&SU heated up in the

second half as the Lady Bobcats shot 58 percent (21-36) in the second half, including a 7-12 (58 percent) from three point range. The Lady Bobcats also shot 85 percent (22-26) from the free throw line for the game and took advantage of 25 Clayton State (2-12, 0-4 PBC) turnovers.

Four players reached double digits for GC&SU led by Shemika Turner’s 19

points. Betsy Foy added 18 points, while Beth Heyer scored 13 points and Dalana Watson scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Kandace Walker posted a double-double and led the Lady Lakers with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

In the men’s game, a poor night at the free throw line spoiled GC&SU’s (5-7, 1-2 PBC) chance at a comeback. Trailing by eleven points in the second half, the Bobcats rallied to trim the deficit down to one point at 46-45 with 8:37 to play. GC&SU trailed 56-54 with under a minute to play, but Chris Nelson’s jumper in the lane would not fall. The Bobcats were forced to foul and seemed to have new life after CCSU’s Charlie Frazier

missed a pair of free throws with 18.3 seconds to play. CCSU’s Marlin Capers grabbed the offensive rebound and Frazier later redeemed himself by hitting a pair of free throws with 10 second remaining to ice the game. The Bobcats shot only 50 percent (11-22) from the charity stripe for the game.

Capers led CCSU with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Harris Skoutaris scored 12 and Frazier added 11 points. Chris Nelson and Maurice Smith led the Bobcats with 12 points apiece.

In action from last week, Georgia College & State University split a Peach

Belt Conference double header at the University of North florida on Wednesday.

The Lady Bobcats (10-2, 1-1 PBC) lost 75-68 to the Lady Ospreys snapping a five game winning streak, while the Bobcats (5-6, 1-1 PBC) snapped a three game slide by winning 62-59 over the Ospreys.

In the women,s game, Shemika Turner led the way posting 25 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort. Betsy Foy also scored in double digits with 15 points for the Lady Bobcats. GC&SU only shot 33.8 percent (22-65) from the field and 15.4 percent (2-13) from behind the three-point line.

The Lady Ospreys had four players in double figures as Natalie Hicks led the team with 20 points. Skye Barber also had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. The Lady Ospreys shot 61.5 percent (8-13) from three-point range and 50 percent from the field (26-52).

In the men’s game, GC&SU showed heart down the stretch as Maurice Smith and Ivan Bracic grabbed two clutch rebounds off of missed free-throws in the final thirty seconds. Chris Nelson led all scorers with 21 points, tying a career-high, before fouling out of the game. Ron Hood and Joseph Harris also posted double digits on the evening by scoring 12 points apiece.

The Bobcats shot 34.5 percent (10-29) from three-point range in the contest.

Although the Bobcats struggled from the free-throw line by only shooting 50 percent (8-16), Josh Reid drilled three clutch free-throws in the games thrilling

finish.

The Georgia College & State University Lady Bobcats are ranked #4 in the latest NCAA Division II South Atlantic Region poll for the second straight week. GC&SU (10-2, 1-1 PBC) is one of five Peach Belt Conference schools ranked in the poll. Columbus State is #1, while Kennesaw State is #3. USC Aiken moves up to #7 in the poll, and Francis Marion drops to #8.

Both teams will be in action Saturday night against Armstrong Atlantic State University, with the girls starting at 5:30, with men’s action to follow.

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