Slide Stops As Bobcats Claim Non-Conference Match

Friday, January 21, 2011 - by Don Foley

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, a pair of snow storms, and 61 days have passed since Georgia Northwestern’s Bobcats won their last collegiate ball game of the 2010-11 season. As of 8 p.m. Friday night, however, the streak officially ended in Morrow, Ga.

Down 11 at the intermission, Bobcat Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson said he took the halftime break to change mentalities. “We were up late in the half and then Clayton (State) went on a run,” said Stephenson. “That was unacceptable. We’ve been close in too many ball games over the past two months to not grab a win this time.”

And that’s exactly what the young Bobcats did.

Georgia Northwestern would waste no time getting back on their game plan and turning their 11-point deficit at the break into a six-point road win, 59-53, over the Clayton State University Laker club squad.

Freshman point guard Matt Woods of Trenton, Ga., led the surge with a double-double dropping in a dozen points and cleaning the boards for 10 rebounds on the night. Georgia Northwestern co-captain sophomore Kyle Wilson of Armuchee led all scorers with 16.

One noticeable difference since the Christmas break has been discipline and depth. “When the new quarter started, we were down to just seven student-athletes on the roster,” said Stephenson. “But we were down to seven incredibly driven and talented individuals who are buying into the system. After just missing out on the win last week at home, this feels good.”

Georgia Northwestern (3-8, 0-6) go up Lookout Mountain for another road battle on Tuesday night. This time, it will be against the Covenant College JV squad. It was this same team that Georgia Northwestern topped just before going on the five-game slide. The Bobcats won that match at the Rossville Athletic Complex on Nov. 22, 63-57. The RAC serves as the den for all Bobcat home games.

Like in most of the games during the downturn, the Bobcat were in last Saturday’s game down to the final minutes only to see it slip away.

“With seven guys, you have to play incredibly smart and well-conditioned basketball,” said Stephenson. “I’ve started calling them the Magnificent Seven.” The 1960s movie of the same name starred seven young guns with big names like Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson who fight the odds to make the impossible, possible.

Well, the “Seven” are led by a pair of co-captain sophomores in Wilson and Jesse Moore of Trenton. Now the “Seven” are 1-1 and hope to stretch that 2011 record to 2-1 at Covenant College Tuesday. “This group is running a very disciplined offense and defense and doing a pretty good job of it,” said Stephenson.

For more information on the Georgia Northwestern Bobcats Basketball program, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764-3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu. Georgia Northwestern is the largest college in Northwest Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern (59) – Kyle Wilson 16, Jesse Moore 11, Bonds 2, Matt Woods 12, Ben Patton 10, Ware 3, Jackson 2.

Clayton State (53) - J. Roberson 10, Hillburn 2, Coons 3, Castillo 2, Tomlin 6, Blessett 2, Nichols 3, R. Reynolds 10, L. Matthews 11, Marcus 3, Dobbs 2.

Halftime score: 31-20, Clayton State


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