Georgia College, Fort Valley State return to action

Telegraph StaffJanuary 1, 2014 

Georgia College and Fort Valley State return to conference play Thursday, both on the road.

UNC Pembroke welcomes Georgia College in a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader that begins at 5:30 p.m. while FVSU visits Lane for two beginning at 2 p.m.

Georgia College’s women picked up a nice win Dec. 21 when they beat Limestone 50-45 in the Stair South Classic to improve to 9-0.

Limestone made the NCAA tournament last season and had enough points for 32nd in the latest (Dec. 18) NCAA Division II poll, 27 points ahead of Georgia College.

Polls are released Wednesday, with two holidays falling on Wednesday in December.

The Bobcats of fourth-year head coach Maurice Smith are three wins short of breaking the program mark for consecutive victories, 11 set in 2003-04.

Shanteona Keys is 28 points from 1,000 for her career. Enisha Donley and Thresia Elskamp made the all-tournament team in the event hosted by the Bobcats, who are 2-0 in conference play. Donley is 40th nationally in shooting (55 percent) while Elskamp is 37th in steals (2.89 per game).

UNC Pembroke’s women are 5-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

Georgia College’s men (5-4) are on a two-game winning streak and have the momentum of a 19-point comeback to knock off Coastal Georgia 85-78 on Dec. 22. The Bobcats went 2-0 in the Finis Horne Holiday Classic, beating Lenoir-Rhyne 76-72 a day earlier.

Georgia College might be a sleeper in the Peach Belt. The Bobcats’ losses have been by two, two, one and eight points, a total of 13 points. One was a 74-73 loss at then-No. 24 Georgia Southwestern.

Veteran head coach Terry Sellers preaches defense, and this year’s group is 63rd (of 291) in Division II in field goal percent defense as well as 49th in fewest fouls and 99th in turnovers. Ryan Blumenthal is No. 5 nationally with a 94.1-percent mark at the free-throw line while Larrentis Thomas is 20th with 10.1 rebounds a game.

UNC Pembroke is 10-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

FVSU has two road games before returning home against Tuskegee on Jan. 9.

The women of interim head coach Erica Henry are 2-7, losing 81-76 to Lynn (8-2) on Dec. 20. It was FVSU’s third loss by single digits.

FVSU is 43rd in Division II in steals and 61st in turnover margin. D’Ambria Thomas ranks 37th in steals and 49th in assists.

The Wildcats men are 4-5 but went into the holiday break on a good note, knocking off then-No. 18 Georgia Southwestern 73-70 in Americus, thanks to Joshuah Davis’ 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left. That avenged a 79-77 overtime loss in Fort Valley on Nov. 12.

FVSU is sixth nationally with 10.4 steals a game and 74th with 15.6 assists.

Former Houston County standout Brandon Davey is 32nd in steals, 39th in rebounds and 47th in scoring. Joshuah Davis is 54th in steals and Anthony Bell is 84th in assists.

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