Boyd, Miller lead charge for Georgia Northwestern

(The R.A.C, Rossville, TN) – A series of full-court presses and a monster block in the final two minutes helped stop Georgia Northwestern’s skid, dropping Covenant College, 62-59, at The R.A.C. Monday night.

After watching what was a 16-point half-time lead for the Cats vanish during the second half, Bobcat Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson turned up the heat on defense.

“We rotated in some fresh legs and pressed after every basket,” said Stephenson. “We’ve been down this road before and needed to close one out. It was a true team effort.” The Scots JV squad would steal the lead away in the second half going up as many as eight in the final twenty minutes.

The turning point came with just over two minutes remaining in the game when reserve freshman Bobcat guard Ray Hill, Jr. would cap off a press-and-steal with a highly-contested floater in the lane to give the Cats (3-4) the lead for good. It would be the Cliffwood, New Jersey freshman’s only two points of the night. Cats Captain sophomore Matt Woods (Dade) would drop a pair of free-throws late to take the lead to 62-59.

With just a handful of seconds on the clock, Covenant would drive for a last-second shot from the paint. However, freshman Bobcat forward Randy Boyd would take to the air for a rejection that stole momentum, and the win, from Covenant.

Boyd (Chattanooga-Hixson) would lead all Bobcat scorers with 18 on the night. Freshman Alex Miller (Gordon Central) would follow up with 14 points. A special note from the reserve play of the Cats as 32-year-old freshman Andre Towns (Dalton) played off the bench in the first half cleaning the glass for eight rebounds in his back-up role.

Covenant sophomore guard Cameron Lewis would lead the Scots with 18 points. Jay Ziegler added 12.

Bobcat starting point guard Fernando Lemus, Jr. (Model) hyper-extended his knee last week on the road versus Crown College (TN). He is expected to return to the court for Georgia Northwestern’s next game on December 3 at home versus Johnson University (TN).

Robby Chitwood (Dade) returned from a broken and dislocated finger on his non-shooting hand. With the finger taped up and braced, the 6-foot-6 freshman forward would play Monday dropping in four points in the effort.

For more information on Bobcat Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu. The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, is the home court for the 2011-2012 Bobcats.

Georgia Northwestern (62) – Boyd 18, Woods 6, Alex Miller 14, Chitwood 4, Moon 11, Towns, Hill, Jr. 2, Dempsey 2, Patton 6, Todd 2.

Covenant (59) – Leihart 5, Brunjes 5, Jay Ziegler 12, McCord, English, Dovan 4, Hampton 2, Cameron Lewis 18, Webb, Stewart 2, Harrington 9, Holland, Gallacher 2.

Halftime Score: 38-22, Georgia Northwestern.