GNTC Men Fall On Road at Emory-Oxford University; Lady Cats Face Tough Post-Season.

(Oxford, Georgia) – After shooting a season-high 86-percent from the free throw line in a home win on Tuesday, Georgia Northwestern shot only 37-percent from the charity strip against Emory University in Oxford, Georgia Saturday dropping the last scheduled regular-season game for GNTC, 75-58.

Georgia Northwestern’s “Magnificent Seven”, a nickname for the seven players on the Bobcat roster as they head into the post-season, also struggled from the field Saturday in Oxford, Georgia only converting 38-percent of their shots in the losing effort. Trailing by only six at the intermission, the “Seven” would witness the Eagles’ 6-foot-5 forwards sophomore Caesar Anyogu and freshman Evan Dunwoodie lead the Emory University (10-17) attack with 15 points apiece in route to the win over GNTC.

Bobcat freshman guard Ben Patton (Dade County) led the “Seven” attack with 13 points in the road effort Saturday. A bright spot from the road trip was the continued improvement of freshman forward Steven Ware (Heritage-Catoosa) who racked up a dozen points, draining six of eight shots from the field. Fellow freshman Bobcat Ty Bonds (Southeast Whitfield) dropped in 11 points on the day.

Georgia Northwestern (4-16, 0-8) is just two weeks away from its own conference tournament. Although they’ll enter the post-season event with the smallest roster and lowest seed in the bracket, Bobcat Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson is preparing for anything.

“We’ve went from a full-court basketball team which pressed and drove the ball for the full forty minutes of every game in the first half of the season to a team of seven who has had to learn to slow down the game and be extremely disciplined,” said Stephenson. “Now these remaining seven have really gelled together and become one of the more controlled groups I’ve ever coached. They’ve really become family.”

Georgia Northwestern is currently attempting to reschedule a weather-postponed game with the Clayton State University club squad for next week at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex. Up next for the Bobcats, the TCSGAA Post-Season Tournament at Tennessee Temple University takes place on March 4-5.

As for the Lady Cats, a pair of Georgia Northwestern freshmen is on the injured list with their tournament trip awaiting them, as well. Freshman guard Lindsay Watts (Murray County) is out for the season after suffering a non-basketball related injury. “Lindsay has a really serious injury to one of her legs and may have to immobilize the leg for a while,” said Lady Cats Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, Robbie Nash.

Another injury impacted the line-up during the Lady Cats final regular season game on February 11 against Southern Crescent Tech in Griffin, Georgia. GNTC took home a 42-point win, however they lost forward Kayci McGee (Cedartown) on the opening tip. “She came down at the tip and rolled her ankle on the opponents’ foot,” said Nash. “Doctors labeled it a grade three sprain. They put her in a boot for precautionary measures.” Doctors said at the time of the injury that the 5-foot-10 forward would be out until March 4, the first day of the post-season tournament.

“We only had one practice this past week as players rested up,” said Jim Williams, Lady Cats Head Women’s Basketball Coach. “Kacyi (McGee) actually came to the session and walked through the workout. We lost one starter with Lindsay (Watts). We are really hoping we don’t lose a second starter in Kayci. We want the best of health for all of our student-athletes.”

The Lady Cats (5-7, 5-3) will enter the TCSGAA tournament as the two-seed in the event. This is Georgia Northwestern’s pilot year of collegiate women’s basketball participation. Both the Bobcats and Lady Cats are in their first year as members of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

For more information on the Lady Cats and Bobcats Basketball programs at Georgia Northwestern, 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 annual enrollment of nearly 10,000 students across four campuses and online.

Georgia Northwestern (58) – Wilson 8, Woods 2, Moore 9, Ty Bonds 11, Ben Patton 13, Steven Ware 12, Jackson 3.

Emory-Oxford (75) – Caesar Anyogu 15, Evan Dunwoodie 15, Jorge Menocal 12, Stephen Simmons 11, Tien 8, Acevedo 6, Levick 4.

Halftime Score: 32-26, Georgia Northwestern