(Cleveland, TN) – What was a manageable obstacle on the scoreboard at the break quickly got out of hand as Georgia Northwestern would shoot only 35-percent from the field in the second half getting outscored 45-16 in last stanza in route to an 86-43 loss at Cleveland State Tuesday.
The first offensive play of the night at L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium ended with a 23-footer from Bobcat freshman point guard Fernando Lemus, Jr. to take a quick 3-0 lead. But a 12-0 run by the host Cleveland State Cougars helped the home squad open up a 14-point lead at the break.
A pair of vicious rejections courtesy of Bobcats Matt Woods (Dade) and Randy Boyd (Chattanooga Hixson) would help keep things close going into the final twenty minutes.
However, sophomore Keith Johnson and freshman Nick Ross would both drop in 18 points for the home team in route to their home win.
Freshman Alex Miller (Gordon Central) led all Bobcats in scoring with 10 points in the road loss. Cleveland State (4-1) would swipe the ball away from GNTC 19 times in the contest. The young Cats turned over the ball 27 times Tuesday night.
“I’ll say what I said to these guys on the bench in the second half,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Coach David Stephenson. “We were down 14 at the break. They didn’t go get a different group of guys to play us in the second half, did they? We played like men in the first half. It was boys in the second half. We have a lot of growing up to do.”
However, time is not something that is on their side as Georgia Northwestern (2-2) will hit the interstates again on Thursday as they travel to Powell, Tennessee to take on Crown College. On Saturday, Georgia Northwestern returns home to host Caldwell College (NC).
Georgia Northwestern (43) – Boyd 6, Lemus, Jr. 7, Woods 2, Alex Miller 10, Chitwood 2, Moon 3, Towns, Hill, Jr., Dempsey 3, Patton 3, Todd 7, Fuleki.
Cleveland State (86) – Jones 6, Griffin 7, Macon 7, Keith Johnson 18, Nick Ross 18, Brown 6, Jamarcus Comage 10, McPherson 4, Baker, Gerard Gore 10.
Halftime Score: 41-27, Cleveland State
Lady Cats Re-Cap
(Cleveland, TN) – The nine spot roster of Georgia Northwestern took a physical game into L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium on Tuesday night as they tangled with Cleveland State in a state-line battle. But second and third chance boards for the Lady Cougars led to an 81-34 win for the TCCAA power.
Georgia Northwestern sophomore forward Jessica Williams (Pepperell) led the way for the quickly improving Lady Cats (0-2) off the glass and through the nets. The second-year post player cleaned the Cleveland State nets for eight points and the boards for eight rebounds on the night.
Sophomore Mercedes Smith led the Lady Cougars effort with a double-double outing raking in 12 points and 10 boards in the November win. In exactly two weeks, the Lady Cats will travel south into Alabama to tangle with Auburn University feeder two-year program, Southern Union. Up next for Cleveland State a visiting Columbia State on Friday night.
“They were a very quick team, a very solid team, and beat us to the open man,” said Lady Cats Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “Jessica played great tonight. Incredible hustle. Gave a very physical effort. We have work to do before our next date. We got out a lot out of this game.” Lady Cat freshman guard Emily Cole (Adairsville) also added eight points in the road effort.
The Lady Cougars swiped the ball from Georgia Northwestern 23 times in the Lady Cats tough road loss. Georgia Northwestern continued its struggles from the charity stripe going five-of-15 from the foul line.
One number Georgia Northwestern will no doubt watch closely in their preparations as they prepare for NJCAA Region XVII play coming in December is 16-percent shooting from the field in the second half.
Georgia Northwestern (34) – Cole 8, Morrow 3, McPherson, Philpot, Williams 8, Heath 6, Hoskins 5, McGee 4.
Cleveland State (81) – Morgan Rogers 11, Brown 3, Anthony 8, Gordon 1, Shanavian Woodland 11, Cash Champion 10, Ramsey 4, Martinez, Armstrong 4, Harper 3, Nunn 6,
A. Smith 8, Mercedes Smith 12.
Halftime Score: 41-23, Cleveland State