Bobcat Men Downed by #16 Montevallo, 95-87

MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The Georgia College men's basketball team (9-15, 5-12 PBC) dropped a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) road battle at No. 16 University of Montevallo (20-4, 13-4 PBC) Saturday, 95-87.

The Bobcats got a pair of 20-point scorers in sophomore Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Fla.) and senior Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.). Harris finished with 26 points, six rebounds and three assists. Royal Thomas had 24 points, two off his career high.

Junior Larrentis Thomas (McDonough, Ga.) had his second-straight double-double at 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, his ninth double-double overall this season. Classmate Jeremy Newsome (Gulfport, Miss.) exploded for a career high 18 points in just 13 minutes, knocking down 5-for-9 from long range.

The Bobcats out-shot the Falcons 49 percent (31-63) to 46 percent (32-70) from the floor, but Montevallo made three more from long range (11-8) and hit three more free-throws (20-17) as well.

Georgia College dug a 50-28 hole at the half, but flipped the fortune in the second stanza to the tune of 59-45. Newsome made a big difference, all 18 of his points coming after the break.

Montevallo had six double-digit scorers, led by 14 out of Shykeem Jackson. Troran Brown posted a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m., hosting Lander University for Bobcat Senior Day in the Centennial Center. Wednesday will mark the final home contest for both Royal Thomas and Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.).

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