ATLANTA – The Georgia College men's basketball season got underway in exhibition action Monday at Division I Georgia State University, with the Bobcats showing flashes of success in an 83-61 loss.
The quickness of the Division I Panthers showed up in the transition game, forcing 25 total turnovers, turning into 28 points on the offensive end.
The Bobcats continued to battle in the second half, improving defensively and on the glass. Georgia College ended up with a 35-32 advantage in rebounds, despite being out-sized at every spot on the floor.
Georgia College put four in double-digit scoring, led by 12 points from Smith. The sophomore point guard made the most of his chances, hitting 4-of-5 from long range and adding four assists. Freshman forward Jeremiah Vrudny (Peachtree City) stuck his ground, pulling in a team-high seven boards to go with 10 points.
Harris was electric at times, hitting a pair of threes and finishing with 10 points, three assists and a game-best four steals. Junior Dwight Anderson (Minneapolis) added 10 points with three boards, while classmate Ryan Blumenthal (Kennesaw) came off the pine for eight points and four rebounds.
Georgia College hit a solid 40 percent from the floor (23-57) while the Panthers made 51 percent of their shots (33-65). The Bobcats hit 10 threes, shooting 40 percent from long range.
The Panthers lived off turnovers, scoring 54 points in the paint, and 26 on fast-break opportunities. Ryann Harrow made 12-of-14 from the field for 27 points. Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year R.J. Hunter added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Ryann Green added another 12 points off the bench on 4-for-9 shooting.
The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. with another Division I exhibition at the University of Central Florida.
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