MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A 12-point halftime lead disappeared and a potential Georgia College men's basketball (9-6, 3-4 PBC) victory followed it, as the Bobcats lost 80-79 in overtime to the University of Montevallo (11-4, 4-2 PBC) Saturday at the Centennial Center.
Sophomore Ryan LeGates (Marietta, Ga.) had five threes and 19 points by halftime, and the point guard finished with a game-high 27 points. Junior Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) added a double-double effort of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) and Reece Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) had 15 and 13 points, respectively.
For the Falcons, DeMarcus Catchings' 22 points and eight boards led five double-digit scorers. Ronald Severtsgaard added 16, Antoine Davis and Tyrone Gordon 12 apiece, with 11 coming from Jonas Brown.
GC had a double-digit lead at 62-52 with 10:34 left in the second half. The Falcons whittled away at the advantage, tying the game twice before taking the lead 73-71 with a Catchings lay-up at 1:32 left in regulation. After a Bobcat free throw and a lay-up by LeGates gave GC a one-point lead, UM's Severtsgaard made a free-throw for the 74-74 tie at the end of regulation.
LeGates made four of the team's five points in the overtime frame, including a long jumper from the left side with 2:03 left to give GC a 78-77 lead. Brown answered right back with a three-pointer for a two-point Falcon lead. After missed opportunities for both teams, GC cut the advantage to one with a free-throw at four seconds left, and sent UM to the line with a foul of their own. After two misses, a running halfcourt attempt for the Bobcats was off the mark, and the Bobcats lost by one 80-79.
LeGates' 27 points was a Bobcat career-high, as he finished 9-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-7 from three point range. Aquino's double-double was his fifth of the season. The all-time series is now tied at 3-3 all-time against Montevallo, the Bobcats snapping a two-game win streak tonight.
GC forward Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) pulled down five rebounds tonight, giving him 487 in his career, passing George Askew (1996-2000) to seventh in Georgia College history. No. 6 Johnny Simpson (1984-86) has 515. Hurst now ranks fourth during the NCAA era of GC basketball, behind Aaron Clark (847), J.J. Madden (672) and Tony Edmonson (628).
The Bobcats have nearly a week off, as they travel to Francis Marion University (11-5, 4-4 PBC) Friday, Jan. 28 for a 7:30 p.m. start. The Patriots most recently beat Flagler College 83-67 tonight.
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