GRU Augusta was rolling along and finally made the NCAA Division II poll for the first time in a year.
The Jaguars probably wont be there long, thanks to Georgia College.
The Bobcats got a buzzer-beating shot off the glass from senior Royal Thomas for a 56-55 win Monday night over the Jaguars at the Centennial Center.
The first Peach Belt Conference loss of the season dropped GRU Augusta to 14-3 overall.
On Tuesday the NCAA Division II poll came out, and the Jaguars were No. 25.
GRU Augusta was the third Peach Belt team ranked, behind No. 13 USC Aiken and No. 17 Montevallo. Georgia Southwestern was on the fringe of being ranked but has dropped to two votes.
The loss allowed USC Aiken to take sole possession of first place in the East Division, and the win brought Georgia College to within a half game of fourth-place Columbus State and a game within Young Harris.
K.J. Sherrill gave GRU Augusta a 55-54 lead with 13 seconds left. Thomas went the length of the court after an inbounds pass and missed a layup, the ball going out off of the Jaguars.
Then he took the inbounds pass from Ryan Blumenthal and nailed the game-winner.
The Bobcats improved to 7-8 overall and try for a second straight win over a ranked team -- although GRU Augusta wasnt officially ranked at the time -- when they host USC Aiken on Wednesday.
In the backcourt, on the wing or on the blocks, Thursday nights showdown between Mercer and Florida Gulf Coast will feature some of the nations top mid-major talent, as well as players with their names all over A-Sun record books.
Florida Gulf Coasts Brett Comer and Chase Fieler, along with Mercers Langston Hall, were unanimous preseason all-conference picks, with the Eagles Bernard Thompson and the Bears Daniel Coursey making the team, as well.
Comer, Fieler, Hall and Mercers Bud Thomas made last seasons A-Sun conference tournament team, while Comer and Mercers Jake Gollon made the all-tournament team in 2012.
Players with milestones galore will be on the court.
Hall and Gollon are Mercers 1,000-point scorers, countered by Fieler and Thompson.
Hall and Thompson are 2-3 in career scoring among active A-Sun players, while Gollon, Fielder and Mercers Bud Thomas are 3-4-5 among active rebounders. Coursey and Fieler are 1-4 in blocks, with Thompson, Hall, Gollon and Thomas among the top five in career steals.
A nice showdown is at point guard, where Hall and Comer are 1-2 (fourth and ninth all-time) in assists.
Thomas (921) and Comer (858) are next in line to crack 1,000 points, but that wont come this week.
Fieler became the program leader in rebounds Saturday and is three from 600 for his career. Then hell become the first in program history to get 1,000 points and 600 rebounds.
Gollon had 12 rebounds Saturday to join Mercers 1,000-point/600 rebound club. Coursey is in the A-Suns top 10 in blocked shots.
Five different players have been an A-Sun player of the week this season (Fieler, Gollon, Comer, Hall and Thomas), with Mercers Ike Nwamu getting a newcomer of the week honor.
It is, of course, never too early for the shot in the dark known as Bracketology, two-plus months before the NCAA tournament actually starts.
As of last Thursday, ESPNs Joe Lunardi projected Mercer as 13th seed playing Creighton in San Diego. The previous two weeks, he had Mercer out and Florida Gulf Coast in a play-in game against Hampton or Norfolk State.
On Saturday and Monday, ESPN had Mercer rated No. 52 in its bracket math among 76 candidates for the tournament, down as the automatic bid and as a 13th seed.
On Friday, CBSSports.com had Mercer as a 13 playing Massachusetts in Raleigh, N.C. The opponent changed to Pittsburgh a few days later, with the same seeds and location.
Both bracketologists had Georgia State winning the Sun Belts automatic bid and indicated the Southern Conference champ would be part of a play-in game.
Selection Sunday is March 16.