Bobcat Men Edged by Lander on Senior Day, 74-69
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men's basketball team (9-16, 5-13 PBC) saw a second-half lead slowly fade away, eventually falling to Lander University (17-10, 11-7 PBC) 74-69 in overtime Wednesday at the Centennial Center.
The Bobcats led by as many as nine in the second half, but Lander wouldn't quit, eventually tying the game on a miraculous four-point play by Mike Lee with three seconds left.
The Bearcats would take over in the overtime period, out-scoring Georgia College 13-8, getting points from four different players to get the win.
Sophomore Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Fla.) led the Bobcats with19 points, hitting half of his shots overall (6-12) and from long range (3-6). He added six rebounds to his effort. With 13 points and 10 rebounds, junior Larrentis Thomas (McDonough, Ga.) tallied his 10th double-double of the season, adding three blocks.
Senior Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) had a big second half, netting 12 of his 18 points after the break, adding a game-high five assists, four rebounds and three steals. Royal Thomas now owns a double-digit scoring streak of 18 games. Classmate Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) posted nine points, six boards and three assists in his final game at the Centennial Center.
The Bobcats were out-shot 44 percent (28-63) to 38 percent (23-60) and pulled in 42 rebounds compared to 35 for the Bobcats.
Jareal Smith led all scorers with 26 points, adding nine rebounds for a near double-double. Michael Panaggio added 13 points, JR Washington 11 and Darius Carrier 10.
The Bobcats will close the 2013-14 season Saturday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m., traveling to Armstrong Atlantic State University.
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