Bobcats Escape with Victory over 'Canes

With the team hampered yet again by illness, it was another neck-and-neck fight to the buzzer Wednesday night for the Hurricanes of Georgia Southwestern State University. GSW clawed its way through a hard-fought Peach Belt Conference contest against Georgia College & State University, but it was the Bobcats who emerged victorious 59-58.

Seniors Corey Ward and Michael Carter led the Canes onto the floor for the Senior Night match-up, while junior Aaron Wyatt was unable to even dress out due to sickness. Anthony Sargent led all scorers with 23 points and nine rebounds for the Hurricanes, while Corey Ward added 16 points and three rebounds. Graham Martin led the Bobcats with 16 points and five rebounds, while three others scored in double figures to lead the charge.

GSW led 41-38 at the half, putting in 15 of 29 attempts (51.7%) from the field and out-shooting Georgia College by 10 percent. The second half would not be as kind, however, as the Hurricanes shooting fell to just 17.4 percent from the field.

In a game that saw 14 lead changes and 11 ties, the Hurricanes were on the cusp of victory during each minute that ticked from the clock. The Bobcats largest lead was only seven points, and in the last two minutes of the game it was only 1 point that separated the teams. GSW had possession of the ball with just 0:07 left on the clock with a shot at the win, but Anthony Sargent's buzzer-beater from the lane trickled off the rim.

Georgia Southwestern (7-18, 4-14 PBC) returns to action on Saturday, February 23, at home in the Storm Dome for another Peach Belt Conference match-up against the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The game will tip off at 2:00 p.m.