College Roundup: Chattahoochee Tech ousted in first round
by MDJ staff and wire reports
March 05, 2014 04:04 AM | 1206 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chattahoochee Tech couldn’t come back from a 16-point halftime deficit, suffering an 88-74 upset at the hands of seventh-seeded Georgia Highlands on Tuesday in the GCAA tournament.

With the loss, the second-seeded Golden Eagles (25-6) likely saw their season come to a close, barring a favorable decision when at-large bids are divvied out for the national tournament.

Former Sprayberry High School star Amonte Potter led Chattahoochee Tech with 25 points, hitting three 3-pointers. Alyja Hennings was close behind with 24 points, including four 3-pointers.

Sherrod Wade had 10 points, while Markez Dix led the defense with 11 rebounds and three blocks.

Mercer 85, Jacksonville 64: Anthony White Jr. scored a career-high 29 points and second-seeded Mercer topped No. 7 seed Jacksonville in a quarterfinal matchup of the Atlantic Sun tournament.

Bud Thomas hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to give Mercer (24-8) a 16-8 advantage and the Bears never let the lead slip to fewer than five points the rest of the way.

White scored 20 second-half points to keep Jacksonville (12-18) at bay. Jacksonville closed to within 53-48 in the second half but White responded with a pair of free throws before Thomas’ fifth 3 of the night extended the lead back to double digits at 58-48.

Thomas scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Jakob Gollon had 10 points. Langston Hall added 10 assists.

Vince Martin led Jacksonville with 17 points. Jarvis Haywood added 15 and Keith McDougald had 10.

Mercer will play third-seeded USC Upstate in the tournament semifinal Thursday.

Georgia State 79, Arkansas State 76 (OT): Manny Atkins, who finished with a career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds, made two free throws with 12 seconds left to force overtime, where Georgia State came away with a victory.

Curtis Washington made a free throw, Atkins hit a jump shot and former Walton High School star Ryan Harrow made a layup to give Georgia State (23-7, 16-1 Sun Belt) a 74-69 lead to start the overtime period.

Arkansas State (17-11, 9-7) held a 64-59 lead with 2:29 left in regulation following a Johnson 3-point jumper. Harrow made a layup with 37 seconds left to give Georgia State a 67-66 lead.

Melvin Johnson III led the Red Wolves with 19 points and Kirk Van Slyke added 18.

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