MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.- Senior Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) matched his career-high with 26 points in an 85-77 loss for Georgia College men's basketball (5-6, 1-3 PBC) to the University of North Georgia (5-4, 2-1 PBC) Saturday at the Centennial Center.
Royal Thomas went a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, adding a 9-for-13 effort from the field for his 26 points, adding five rebounds. He set his career high three games ago against the College of Coastal Georgia. The senior guard had 19 points in the second half.
Sophomore Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Fla.) was the only other Bobcat with double-figure scoring with 10 points and seven rebounds. It was Harris' eighth-straight game in double figures. Junior Larrentis Thomas (McDonough, Ga.) tied for the team lead with seven boards, also needing nine points to eclipse the 200-point mark for the season. Freshman Matt Polyne (Marietta, Ga.) provided a nice spark with nine points in 10 minutes off the bench.
The Nighthawks shot the lights out, hitting for 52 percent (27-52) to just 40 percent (27-68) for the Bobcats. UNG made five more threes (9-4) and three more free-throws (22-19) to provide the difference. Georgia College controlled the boards 41-34, including an 18-10 advantage on the offensive glass.
The Bobcats hit 19-for-21 from the free-throw line, a 91 percent clip for the team's best effort of the season. The school record for free-throw percentage in a game is 1.000, hitting 15-of-15 against Clayton State University in the 2003-04 season.
UNG was led by a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double from the Peach Belt Conference's (PBC) leading scorer in Ishmael Hollis. Lamar Richardson and Chris Tanzy put in 15 points apiece, while Michael Varrichione added 14 and Travis Core 11.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m., traveling to Flagler College (7-4, 1-3 PBC). The Saints most recently beat Clayton State University 82-68 tonight.
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