Bobcat Men Trail Early but Fight Back, Win 75-73 in Overtime
by Trevor Kuss, sports information assistant
ATLANTA. – The Georgia College men's basketball team (2-1) trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half against Clark Atlanta University (0-1) Tuesday night, but would fight back and eventually come away with a 74-72 win in overtime.
Four Bobcats scored in double digits with senior Nate Hamilton (Snellville, Ga.) setting the pace with 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting, all from behind the arc. Freshman Ryan Blumenthal (Kennesaw, Ga.) had 16 points to go along with five rebounds in his first game as a Bobcat. The young Bobcat hit 5-of-6 shots from the field, including 2-of-2 from three-point range.
Senior Quin Bivins (Macon, Ga.) scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field. Sophomore David Wagner (Dallas, Ga.) had the only double-double for the team with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He also added three blocks, two steals, and two assists.
The Bobcats were trailing 27-17 with 4:30 left in the first half, but would battle back and tie the game 33-33 at halftime. The Bobcats would build their lead to 57-51 after two Blumenthal free throws with 7:12 left in the game. The game would remain close down to the wire and the Panthers battled back to tie the game with four seconds left in regulation.
Overtime was highlighted by Blumenthal and Hamilton both hitting from behind the arc.
The Panthers were led in scoring by Jermille Fluker and Dwayne Bingham, who both put up 19 points for Clark Atlanta. Bingham added 10 rebounds on his way to a double-double.
The Bobcats will be back in action Wednesday, Nov. 28 as they take on Clark Atlanta again, this time the Panthers make the trip to the Centennial Center for a 7:30 tipoff
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