#25 GCSU Proves To Be Too Much For Braves
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In its second game in a row on the road against a nationally-ranked opponent the UNCP men's basketball team fell to #25 Georgia College & State University 82-50 in Peach Belt Conference action on Sunday afternoon at the Centennial Center as the Braves could not slow down the high-powered Bobcat offense.
GCSU (16-2, 9-0 PBC) converted 28-of-59 field goal attempts (47.5 percent), while also making 12-of-29 shots from behind the 3-point arc. The Bobcats got a game-high 17 points from Graham Martin, with teammates Ty Rowland and Jake Rios adding 13 and 10 points, respectively.
UNCP (6-14, 2-9 PBC) got a team-high 10 points from guard Chris Hargrove in 22 minutes of action off the bench, with Brandon Thomas chipping in nine to the Braves' total. Pembroke only converted 30 percent of its field goals and was out-rebounded by GCSU 42-32.
Martin also dished out a game-high six assists for the Bobcats, as 11 different players scored for GCSU. Georgia College has now won 10 consecutive games and 11 of its last 12. With the loss UNCP is now 0-3 this season against teams in the top-25, having played nationally-ranked opponents in three of its last four contests.
After taking a 39-20 lead into halftime GCSU continued to build its lead throughout the second half, leading by as much as 37 on two occasions. UNCP could never get its offense going and could only cut the Bobcats' lead to 30 with just over a minute to go. GCSU would hit a pair of free throws for the final points of the game to eventually win by 32.
The Braves will be back home in the English E. Jones Center for their next game, a PBC contest with region-rival Francis Marion on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. UNCP fell to the Patriots 67-64 at FMU on Jan. 2 in the last meeting between the two schools. Admission prices are $5 for adults and $2 for children 18 years of age and younger. UNCP students are admitted free with a valid Braves Card.