The Georgia Northwestern men’s basketball team dropped to 4-6 on the season following an 85-67 loss to Florida College Falcons on the final day of the Falcons’ invitational tournament on Saturday, but the Bobcats were able to take a little piece of history home with them.
Sophomore Darius Fugh (Rome, Ga.), who prepped at Pepperell High School, scored 20 points in the loss and surpassed former Bobcat standout Alex Miller as the program’s career scoring leader.
Fugh, who is averaging 20.5 points per game this season, now has 737 points for his career. He scored a single-season record 532 during the 2015-16 campaign.
The Bobcats, a United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division II program, hung tough with the USCAA Division I squad from Temple Terrace, Fla. during the first half, finally tying up the game at 35 as Fugh drained a 3-pointer with 1:20 left in the opening half.
But Fugh and the rest of the Bobcats went somewhat cold after that while the host team began to find its range coming out of the locker room. A 27-6 run would be more than enough of a cushion for the Falcons – tied for 10th in the latest USCAA DI national poll – to prevent the upset.
Fugh had eight rebounds to go with his 20 points. Andrew Johnson finished with 11 points and five boards, while Demonte Parker scored nine points, grabbed five rebounds and collected two steals. Darius Floyd added seven points and Daniel Parrish had four points, but dished out six assists and recorded a pair of steals.
Five Falcons scored in double figures, led by 16 points from Kent Hegarty.
The Bobcats will return to action next weekend by participating in another tournament, albeit one a little closer to home.
They will travel to Covington, Ga. on Friday, Jan. 13 to face former region foe Oxford-Emory College in the opening round of the Oxford Classic. The game will tip off at 8 p.m.. Georgia Northwestern will conclude play in the four-team tournament on Saturday.