GC Men’s Basketball Falls in Overtime at Georgia Southwestern, 85-82

Freshman guard Jordan Thomas
Freshman guard Jordan Thomas

AMERICUS, Ga. – The Georgia College Men's Basketball team (7-4, 3-2 PBC) had a strong second-half rally to tie the game at the end of regulation, but came up short in overtime at Georgia Southwestern State University (6-3, 2-3 PBC), 85-82 Wednesday.

The Bobcats trailed by as much as 10 in the second half, using a 17-7 run to tie the ballgame at the 12:45 mark. The teams stayed tight during the remainder of regulation, as Jordan Thomas (Conyers) knotted the game at 76-76 with a three-pointer at 38 seconds left. Neither team could pick up the winner as the squads went to overtime.

The late going in overtime was mostly defensive, as GSW took an 83-81 lead they wouldn't surrender on a put-back dunk by Hasaan Buggs with 1:25 left. The teams added free-throws on both sides, and a last-ditch tying three for the Bobcats from the corner caught iron as time expired.  

Jordan Thomas had a career-high 26 points, his second-straight 20-point game. He hit 10-for-18 from the field and 4-for-7 from long range, including a tying three-pointer mid-way through overtime. Sophomore Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) had an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double with three blocks and three steals to boot. The double-dip was the forward's third this season.

Rounding out the double-digit scorers was freshman Chapin Rierson (Calhoun) with 14 and eight boards.

The Bobcats had success from long range, going 12-for-25 in their best three-point shooting effort of the season. The Hurricanes kept the game close by causing more turnovers (13-10) and out-rebounding Georgia College 46-41.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 6 at 3:30 p.m., traveling to UNC Pembroke.

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