MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia – The Indians 2004-05 debut didn’t go quite as planned Monday night, as Georgia College & State ran past Newberry 88-73 in the season opener for both teams. GC&SU used a balanced scoring attack which saw eleven players put points on the board.
Newberry guard Michael Dease (Bennettsville, S.C.) led all scorers on the night, finishing with a career high 27 points on 9-of-19 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the 3pt arch.
The first half was played tight until the Bobcats used a 19-2 run to blow the game wide open. GC&SU guard Cooper Sellers (Milledgeville, Ga.) was the catalyst, starting the Bobcat run with eight straight points, including a pair of three-pointers. GC&SU translated a 48.4% shooting performance in the first half to a 49-32 half time lead.
The Bobcats continued to pull away, leading by as many as 25 points in the second half while never allowing the Indians to cut the deficit down to single digits. GC&SU shot 47% (27-58) from the floor for the game, while holding Newberry to 34.3% (23-67). The rebounds were even at 43 apiece.
Senior Indian guard Elijah Frasier (Irmo, S.C.) recorded a double-double on the night, notching 16 points and ten rebounds.
The Newberry men’s basketball team is back in action this weekend, traveling to Mt. Olive, N.C. for the annual Pickle Classic. Newberry joins Mt. Olive College, Lees-McRae, and Bluefield State for the Friday-Saturday tournament. Newberry’s first game will be against Lees-McRae in the opening game on Friday.