MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – It didn't come easy, but the Georgia College Men's Basketball team (10-10, 6-8 PBC) evened out its record with a 65-64 victory over Georgia Southwestern State University (10-8, 6-8 PBC) Wednesday night in the Centennial Center.
With three ties and 10 lead changes and a flurry of late action, the game came right down to the wire. The Bobcats trailed by two possessions at 64-60 with two minutes left. A put-back bucket by Isaac Thomas (Trion) cut the lead in half with 1:26 remaining.
After Justin Cave (Savannah) got a steal on the defensive end and was fouled, he hit one of the two free throws to cut the advantage to one. Another steal, this time by Jordan Thomas (Conyers), gave the Bobcats the ball with 30 seconds left. Thomas quickly worked down the floor, sent it to Cave who found Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) for the go-ahead score with 30 ticks left. Then things got really crazy.
The Bobcats got another steal, and then were blocked by GSW's Devin Watson on a fast-break layup attempt. Georgia College stole the ball again, but then GSW stole it right back. A last-ditch three-point attempt from the left wing was off the mark, and time expired while the Hurricanes pulled down the long rebound.
Isaac Thomas led the Bobcats with 17 points, shooting 7-for-11 from the floor and pulling in eight rebounds. Senior Brice Booker (Atlanta) had his best game of the year, going for 15 points and four boards, hitting two from long range. Roberts rounded out the double-digit scorers with 14 points, but none more important than that final two.
The Bobcats out-shot GSW 46 percent (26-57) to 42 percent (22-53) from the field, but the Hurricanes kept it close with seven more threes than Georgia College (9-2).
The win put Georgia College at 6-8 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, good enough to tie for seventh in league standings. The top eight squads advance to the PBC Tournament beginning Feb. 28.
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