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(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – The Bobcats have exactly 18 days to re-shape their game plan for their first ever NJCAA post-season appearance. A shortened roster struck by injuries throughout the 2011-12 campaign left Georgia Northwestern with only seven uniformed players in the home stand finale tonight at The R.A.C. versus Crown College (TN).

Tonight in their final home game, the Bobcats played an extremely aggressive first half taking a one-point lead into the half against the 15-man roster of the Crusaders who made the trip from Knoxville, Tennessee. However, the gap quickly closed behind 6-foot-1 junior shooting guard Ed Loney who led the way for Crown (12-10, 4-2) with 21 points and six boards in the 73-60 win over Georgia Northwestern.

“The one thing take away from this game is that we simply know we are outmanned right now,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “We will have to find a way to play games at a level that will work best for our squad. Our guys are as talented as any other team in our region.”

Freshman guard Justin Dempsey continues to improve his output for the Cats. After serving as a role player in the first half of the season, a depleted roster forced the 6-foot-3 Dempsey into the starting five. However, his play on the hardwood has solidified his spot. The Ruleville, Mississippi native led the way with 18 points, six rebounds, and five assists.

Sophomore forward Bud Todd (Trion) dropped in 10 points and swatted a trio of shots. Freshman forward Alex Miller (Gordon Central) had a sub-par night on the scoreboard with eight points. However, the first-year Bobcat would clean the home boards for 15 rebounds. Sophomore Bobcat Ben Patton (Dade) locked in for six three’s for 18 on the night.

The Bobcats forced the Crusaders to overtime on their home court in November, dropping the contest 88-80. Another key loss in that game was starting point guard Fernando Lemus, Jr. (Model). An ACL tear left the freshman on the bench for the rest of the season. “He’s had surgery and is rehabbing nicely. We expect him to be back to 100-percent in plenty of time for summer tryouts,” said the fifth-year Georgia Northwestern head coach.

Georgia Northwestern (7-18, 0-7) closes out the 2011-12 regular season on the road next Friday as they take another shot against Emory-Oxford in Oxford, Georgia. The NJCAA Region XVII Tournament tips-off March 4 in Oxford, Georgia. The Bobcats will have a shot at the semi-finals of the region tournament if they can win a play-in game on Friday, March 2.

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.

Men’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern (60) – Miller 8, Pratt, Woods 6, Ben Patton 18, Bud Todd 10, Towns, Hill, Jr. DNP, Dempsey 18.

Crown College (73) – Brown, Ed Loney 21, Farmer 2, Owens 4, Hickman 4, Grant 2, Scoggins, Nate Humphrey 20, Cook 4, Sherrod 8, Doolin, Horton, Cruse 2, Cook 6.

Halftime: 31-30, Georgia Northwestern