Bobcat Men Take Thriller from Young Harris, 81-78

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.- It took another 20-point game from Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.), a double-double from Larrentis Thomas (McDonough, Ga.) and a clutch three from Ryan Blumenthal (Kennesaw, Ga.) for Georgia College men's basketball (6-7, 2-4 PBC) to topple Young Harris College (9-3, 3-2 PBC) 81-78 Saturday at the Centennial Center.

Royal Thomas had 23 points, his third 20-point game in his last five outings. He added five assists, four boards and a pair of steals to fill the boxscore. Larrentis Thomas finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and kept the Bobcats in the game in the first half with a 16-point, six-board effort.

Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Fla.) added 14 points off the bench on 5-of-7 from the floor. Kelvin Nwanze (Llagos, Nigeria/Archer High) delved into double-digit points for the first time in the freshman's career, scoring 11 and adding eight rebounds with two blocks in just 20 minutes of action.

Down 78-77 with less than a minute remaining, senior point guard Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) penetrated the lane and then kicked out to Blumenthal to the right of the top of the key. The sophomore let it fly igniting the crowd and giving the Bobcats an 80-78 lead with 39 seconds left. Both teams traded possessions over the final seconds, with Georgia College adding a free-throw for the final 81-78 score. Robinson finished with a game-high six assists and Blumenthal added 10 points.

The Bobcats out-shot YHC 48 percent (29-60) to 46 percent (27-59) and won a tight battle on the boards 37-33.

Young Harris had five double-digit scorers, led by 16 points from Herdie Lawrence. C.J. Wilson had 15 points, while both Kevin Altidor and Sam Watson chipped in 15 apiece. Tony Raymond rounded out the double-figure scoring with 10 points. The Bobcats held the Mountain Lions' leading scorer, Isaiah Johnson to just nine points, over five under his season average coming into the contest.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m., traveling to the University of North Georgia. Georgia College looks for a measure of revenge in that ballgame, after falling to the Nighthawks 85-77 on Jan. 4 at home.

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