ATLANTA – A lay-in with just 1.2 seconds left in the game snuffed out a steady second-half rally by Georgia College men's basketball (3-3) as the Bobcats fell 74-73 at Clark Atlanta University Friday night.
Georgia College trailed by double-digits in the second half, but chipped away at the Panther lead steadily throughout the frame. After trailing 70-63 with three minutes left, a 10-2 run brought the Bobcats back in the game.
Senior Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) hit a pair of free-throws to give Georgia College a 73-72 lead with just 6.6 seconds remaining. After a time out, CAU's Derek Harper answered the call, breaking the length of the floor for an athletic lay-in and what would be the 74-73 final with just over a second left.
"This is a tough one, the guys really battled," said Bobcat head coach Terry Sellers. "We weren't sharp and didn't play well defensively, but we really battled back to get in the position to win. We just couldn't get the one stop we needed at the end."
Sophomore Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Fla.) led all scorers with 24 points, his third 20-plus point game of the season. Harris added seven rebounds and a pair of assists as well. Thomas finished with 14 points to match his season-high, adding a game-best five assists to the effort.
Rounding out the double-digit scorers for Georgia College was Robert Armstrong (Norcross, Ga.), tallying 10 points with five rebounds, hitting 4-of-9 from the floor.
The teams were evenly matched in shooting at 46 percent (26-56) for the Bobcats to 45 percent (26-58) for CAU. Georgia College hit one more three pointer (5-4) but lost the battle at the free-throw line 59 percent (16-27) to 75 percent (18-24).
Harper led the Panthers with 23 points off the bench. Christian Houston aided with 11 reserve points as nine different CAU players reached the scoring column.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m., playing host to Anderson University in non-conference action at the Centennial Center. Bobcat Athletics is offering free admission with any canned food donation Monday.
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