Gulf Coast men move to 4-0

By The News Herald

Nov 12, 2016

BARNESVILLE, Ga. - Gulf Coast men's basketball team notched another pair of wins over the weekend, knocking off Atlanta Metro 84-60 on Friday and host Gordon State 79-75 on Saturday.


With the wins, the Commodores improved to 4-0 on the season and will make their home debut Tuesday night against L.B. Wallace at 7 p.m., with the Lady Commodores taking on L.B. Wallace in the first game at 5 p.m.


In Friday's victory, Gulf Coast used a 41-22 second-half effort to blow open a five-point game at halftime, with Jeremy Harris leading the way with 19 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Dyshane Murphy also had 18 points, five assists, and three steals. Londell King added 16 points and nine rebounds.


Harris had 18 points and six rebounds in Saturday's win, with Murphy also scoring 18 points and adding four assists. Van Johnson contributed 13 points and King had 11 points and six rebounds.


Gulf Coast made 19 of 25 free throws for the game, including eight in a row in the final 1:15 to seal the win against a Gordon State team that refused to go away.


"We were up eight or nine points with about three minutes to go and they just did a nice job of making some very difficult 3-pointers and cutting the lead," Commodores coach Jay Powell said. "We were kind of trading two for three with all the threes they were making, but we were able to make enough free throws to win the game."


Powell said he was mostly happy with the way his team performed over the weekend despite some typical early-season miscues.


"I think it was a very good weekend for our team," he said. "The guys played hard and competed well. We had some turnovers that I feel like we can make some adjustments to keep from happening in the future, but we're hitting free throws down the stretch and finding ways to win."


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