Bobcat Men’s Basketball Falls to Hot-Shooting USC Aiken, 84-75

Freshman guard Jordan Thomas
Freshman guard Jordan Thomas

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A career-best 27 points for freshman Jordan Thomas (Conyers) wasn't enough for Georgia College Men's Basketball (8-7, 4-5 PBC) to stop an aggressive USC Aiken team (9-4, 6-3 PBC) in an 84-75 loss Monday at the Centennial Center.

Jordan Thomas tallied five three-pointers, hitting better from long range (5-10) than in his other shot attempts (2-10). He also made good on 8-of-9 from the free-throw line. He was flanked by the tough post duo of sophomore Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) and Isaac Thomas (Trion). Roberts had 18 points with nine boards and three steals, while Isaac Thomas added 15 points, nine boards and four assists.

USCA hit 26-of-50 (.520) from the field, the best shooting effort against Georgia College this season. The last time a team shot better against Georgia College was Dec. 3, 2016 when Albany State University shot 54.7 percent in a 94-86 Bobcat loss.

The Bobcats tried to keep it close, out-rebounding the Pacers 38-35 and turning over USCA 11 times, but the Pacer bench made a big difference, out-scoring Georgia College's reserves 24-8.

Georgia College rallied a few times in the second half to cut the lead as low as five points, the final time coming at 50-45 on a layup by Jordan Thomas at the 13:05 mark. USC Aiken seemed to have the answer each time, not letting the Bobcats get it down to a one-possession contest. Jordan Thomas now has four 20-point ballgames in his rookie season, including the last two contests.

The Pacers were led by 20 points from Markus Terry, joined by 13 from Doniel Dean.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m., traveling to Columbus State University.

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