Bobcats Hit Century Mark,
Put Out Flames In Opener

Georgia Northwestern Takes 1-0 Mark Into Conference Play

(Rossville, Georgia) – “Hey, can you put down that I’m 5-foot-11 in the program,” said Georgia Northwestern sophomore Kyle Wilson just one day before the Bobcats first home game of the 2010-11 season on Monday night. The truth of the matter is that the all-time leading scorer from Armuchee High School is barely 5-foot-10 and 145 pounds soaking wet.

For those who saw him play Monday night at The R.A.C., the Rossville Athletic Complex, they know his game is much bigger than the package he comes in. The sophomore’s herculean effort against visiting Freewill Baptist College out of Nashville, Tennessee set school records for Georgia Northwestern as they cooled the Flames in a 100-81 win to open the campaign.

After the visiting Flames (0-1) jumped out to a 15-3 lead early in the first half, Bobcat co-captains Wilson, Jesse Moore, and the rest of the Cats Country starting five cranked out turnover after turnover with a full-court press that lasted the entire night.

Wilson snatched five of the Bobcats 17 steals and dropped in 38 points, 25 in the first half alone, to lead Georgia Northwestern to a 1-0 mark on the new season. Both tallies are individual records for Bobcat scoring in a game and in a half. His 38 points surpassed Perie Finley’s mark of 30 points scored in a 2009 Georgia Northwestern match-up. The 25 points in a half topped former forward Tim McKeever’s 2006 mark of 22 points in a half.

“This team played full-court basketball all night at a 110-percent level,” said Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach, David Stephenson. “Freewill is a good college program with a team that proved to have a bit of a size mismatch for us. Fortunately, we played our game well and that led to a great start to the season.”

Wilson, who shot 63-percent from the free throw line last season, went six-for-seven (86%) from the charity stripe in the non-conference match-up. The Bobcat shots 77-percent as a team from the foul line on the night. Dade County product Ben Patton hit the first shot of the night, a torch from beyond the arc. Patton would land a quartet of three-pointers leading to 13 points on the night.

Adairsville alum Patrick Printup added 14 points in the win going four-of-five from the field, dishing out five assists, and raking up a pair of steals.  Murray County grad Seth Davenport added ten boards and 12 points in his first game as a freshman Bobcat.  “We shot fifty-percent from the field,” said Stephenson. “You take that and add all the hustle the starters and the bench showed and you’re going to be competitive.”

Transition points turned the game wide open for Georgia Northwestern as the game-opening 15-3 run for Freewill quickly flip-flopped into a 56-40 halftime lead for the Bobcats, the newest members of the Georgia College Athletic Association. The GCAA is formerly known as Georgia Junior College Athletic Association.

Moore, a sophomore from Trenton, Georgia, had ten points, seven rebounds, three steals, a block, and a transition dunk that permanently put “big mo” in a blue and white jersey for the rest of the night. “The press gave us that momentum,” said Stephenson. “These young men will be incredibly impressed at the end of the year if they continue to give this kind of effort on and off the court.”

Next up for the Bobcats is a conference game at home against West Georgia Tech. “This team is even bigger than Freewill,” said Stephenson. “But we just played them in a conference jamboree a few days ago and it was close. It should be really fun to watch.” This will be a big day at The R.A.C., the home of the Bobcats, as Georgia Northwestern is hosting their first “Bobcat Blowout.” The event will showcase four regional schools in a pair of games held before and after the Bobcats scheduled 7 p.m. tip-off.

At 5 p.m., Mountain View Christian from Bryant, Alabama will face Cleveland Christian from Cleveland, Tennessee. At 9 p.m., Georgia Cumberland Academy from Calhoun, Georgia will face Battlefield S.D.A. from Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. “This event is something we are hoping to make an annual tradition,” said Stephenson.

“We even have a local boy, four-year-old Wyatt Jackson, coming to sing the National Anthem before the Bobcat game. I’m told he can sing it on key. We are real excited for him. It should be a great time for our families.” Tickets are $3 for adults, $1 for students, and all Georgia Northwestern students get free admission with i.d.

The Lady Cats Women’s Basketball team will tip-off their 2010 season against West Georgia Tech out of Rome, Georgia on Saturday night, as well. All Lady Cats home matches will be held at Pepperell High School this season. Georgia Northwestern Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Williams brings more than thirty years of athletics experience into the top spot. Assistant Head Coaches Robbie Nash and Jamie Williams, along with a cast of former local prep standouts, are helping Georgia Northwestern debut the brand new program this weekend.

“We are very proud of the effort shown leading up to the big game Saturday,” said Williams. “We are all excited about just getting this first season underway.” Williams was formerly the head coach of Coosa Valley Technical College men’s basketball squad in 2006.

For more information on the Bobcat Blowout, the Bobcat and Lady Cat Basketball programs, or any student-athlete project at Georgia Northwestern, you can contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to dfoley@gntc.edu.  Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college with an enrollment of 6,700 students.

Georgia Northwestern (100) – Kyle Wilson 38, Jesse Moore 10, Seth Davenport 12, Ben Patton 13, Patrick Printup 14, Jackson, Chattin, Hughley 7, Bonds 2, High Bear, Ware 4.

Freewill Baptist (81) – Cox, Jake Manning 12, Sides 7, Chris Davenport 19, Adam Gardner 19, Nelson 6, David Landers 14, Bradford 4.

Halftime Score – 56-40, Georgia Northwestern

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