MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Men's Basketball team (10-11, 6-9 PBC) had trouble gathering a rhythm in taking on the Peach Belt Conference's (PBC) top team in UNC Pembroke (17-4, 13-2 PBC), the Bobcats falling 75-58 Saturday in the Centennial Center.
The Braves started off strong, jumping out to a quick 11-2 lead in the first 2:30, the lead extending to 20-7 after 10 minutes. The Bobcats got it down to five at 21-16 on the 5:42 mark, but the Braves would maintain a comfortable distance from that point on.
The UNCP defense was stifling, as the Bobcats managed to shoot 35 percent (23-66) to 52 percent (26-50) for the Braves.
The Bobcats were led by freshman Chapin Rierson (Calhoun) with 14 points, his fifth double-digit scoring game this year. Fellow rookie Justin Cave (Savannah) chipped in 13 points with four assists, leading Georgia College in that latter category. Cave was 3-for-6 from long range. Senior Brice Booker (Atlanta) supplied 10 points off the bench, adding four boards and three steals.
The Braves were balanced in scoring, putting five players in double-digits, led by 14 points from James Murray-Boyles.
The loss puts Georgia College at 6-9 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, tied for eighth in the league standings. The top eight advance to the PBC Tournament at the end of February.
The Bobcats return to action Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., traveling to Clayton State University.
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