MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Taking on the top scorer in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) this season, the Georgia College Men's Basketball team (9-10, 5-8 PBC) fell short, losing 74-63 to Francis Marion University (12-6, 7-6 PBC) Saturday at the Centennial Center.
Coming in averaging 24.8 points per contest, FMU's Detrek Browning scored 31 against the Bobcats, going 11-for-12 from the free-throw line, 2-for-4 from beyond the arc and 7-for-8 on his two-point attempts. Browning had 17 points in the first half and 14 in the second.
The Bobcats started strong, trading baskets early and leading 9-5 at the 15:43 mark after a three-pointer by Andrew Prestwood (Milledgeville). More baskets back and forth, and the Bobcats led again after a Justin Cave (Savannah) three at 18-16 with 6:40 left in the first half.
The Patriots took the lead for good when Victor Hunt made a jumper at 5:03 before the break. It was part of a 12-3 run over the final seven minutes of the first half for FMU. The Bobcats trimmed the lead to six on a few occasions in the second half but could not get any closer.
Freshman Jordan Thomas (Conyers) led the Bobcats in scoring with 21 points, his fifth 20-point game this season. He struggled from the field at 6-for-16 overall and 3-for-11 from long range, but made up for it with a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) had 14 points and eight boards, playing just 18 minutes in the contest due to foul trouble. Senior Brice Booker (Atlanta) made an impact with eight points and five rebounds off the bench.
The Patriots out-shot Georgia College 51 percent (25-49) to 42 percent (20-48) from the field, but the Bobcats kept it close by grabbing 38 rebounds to just 23 for FMU.
The loss puts Georgia College at 5-8 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, good for ninth in the league standings. The top eight teams advance to the PBC Tournament, beginning Feb. 28.
Roberts swatted his 75th career shot in tonight's action, bringing the sophomore to a tie for seventh in school history with Josh Hurst (2007-11).
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m., playing host to Georgia Southwestern State University.
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