February 17, 2010

#23 GCSU lets out a “whew” as they escape Hurricane scare, 61-60

The GSW men's basketball team built a 12-point lead midway through the second half against No. 23-ranked Georgia College, but could not hold on as Josh Hurst knocked down two free throws with five seconds remaining to give the Bobcats a 61-60 win at the Storm Dome on Wednesday evening.  

The Hurricanes fell behind early, as GCSU led 15-6 with 7:30 to play in a low-scoring first half. Three-point baskets by Evan Mobley and Marcus Scott served as bookends to an 11-2 GSW run that tied the game at 17.

The teams went back-and-forth over the final 4:43 of the half and GCSU held a one-point lead at the break, 26-25.  

A pair of Scott three-pointers served as bookends of a 14-2 GSW run to start the second period. Ric Roderick gave the Hurricanes their biggest lead of the game, 46-34, at the 10:48 mark when he dialed up from beyond the arc.

GSW would hit one field goal over the next 8 minutes and 46 seconds - going 1 for 9 from the floor during that span - to give the Bobcats an opportunity to creep back into the game.

Clinging to a one-point lead with one minute to play, GSW committed turnovers on consecutive possessions. The first a questionable travelling call, followed by a GCSU steal.

The visitors were unable to convert after the GSW travelling call; and after the steal and a timeout, the Bobcats lost the ball in the lane with five ticks on the clock. In the midst of the ensuing melee, GSW was whistled for a foul as both teams scrambled on the floor for the loose ball.

Josh Hurst proceeded to drain two free throws for GCSU.

Mobley's NBA-range three-point attempt over a trio of Bobcat defenders as time expired hit the back of the rim before falling to the court.

GSW finished the game shooting 38.6 percent from the floor (17 of 44) and 80.0 percent (20 of 25) from the charity stripe. Georgia College connected on 42.2 percent (19 of 45) of their shots and 79.2 percent of their free throw attempts (19 of 24).

Southwestern held a 15-7 advantage in second chance points, while GCSU finished ahead 16-7 on points off turnovers.  

Scott led the Hurricanes with 23 points on 7 of 13 shooting, including 4 of 6 from three-point range. Mobley added 17 points and Chris Rawls chipped in 13 while pulling down nine rebounds.

Hurst scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Georgia College (19-4, 12-2 PBC). Jake Rios finished with 13 points.
 
GSW (6-18, 2-12) wraps up the home portion of their 2009-10 schedule on Saturday against North Georgia at 4:30 p.m.