COLUMBUS, Ga. – In a tight ballgame that never reached more than a 10-point lead for either team, Georgia College men's basketball (8-15, 4-12 PBC) lost 72-69 at Columbus State University (12-12, 7-10 PBC) Saturday.
A Jermaine Morgan jumper with just 22 seconds left gave Columbus State the 72-69 advantage. The Bobcats had two game-tying attempts from long range in the waning seconds, but were not able to hit either.
Senior Scott Ferguson (Roswell, Ga.) finished with a team-best 13 points, knocking down both of his three-point tries. He added a team-high in rebounds as well at six.
Junior Joey Bell (Hinesville, Ga.) put in 10 points, his second double-digit performance in the last three games. Classmate Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) led the bench brigade for Georgia College with 10 points, including 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds, four steals and three assists.
The Bobcats battled back in the second half, even getting a lead at the 6:22 mark, 61-59 on a pair of free-throws by Thomas. CSU answered back and led 70-66 with just 1:25 remaining.
Georgia College ran down the clock, with Ferguson knocking down a big three-point basket with 55 seconds left to make it 70-69. Morgan pushed the lead back to three at 72-69 with his jumper at just 22 ticks remaining.
Morgan finished with 12 points for CSU, last among the team's four double-digit scorers. Reserves Rory Miller and B.J. Battle netted 18 and 16, respectively. Idell Bell chipped in with 13 points as well.
The Bobcats were edged in shooting 47 percent (28-60) to 44 percent (23-52). Georgia College made 10 threes, their best output from long range since Jan. 5 against North Georgia.
The loss drops Georgia College to 4-12 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, eliminating the Bobcats from making the PBC Tournament in March.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. hosting the University of Montevallo (16-8, 12-5 PBC) for the annual Homecoming Game. The Falcons most recently beat Clayton State University 63-50 today.
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