GC Men’s Basketball Edged by North Georgia, 66-59

Freshman guard Chapin Rierson
Freshman guard Chapin Rierson

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Men's Basketball team (11-15, 7-13 PBC) couldn't find the answer for a late surge from the University of North Georgia (11-15, 9-11 PBC), falling 66-59 Saturday at Homecoming in the Centennial Center.

The turning point came at the 3:30 mark, with Georgia College up 53-52 after an Isaac Thomas (Trion) layup. North Georgia went on a little 5-0 run to take over 57-53, but kept the lead for the remainder of the game, including a couple of big dunks in the final minute.

Freshman Jordan Thomas (Conyers) came off the bench to lead the team with 17 points, adding seven assists. Isaac Thomas finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double. Freshman Chapin Rierson (Cochran) added 11 points and nine boards.

The Nighthawks out-shot the Bobcats 47 percent (24-51) to 31 percent (21-67) from the field, and controlled points in the paint 38-24.

Isaac Thomas' 13 boards give the junior 674 in his career, passing J.J. Madden (1992-96) into fourth in school history. Up next is current assistant coach Ryan Aquino (2008-12) at 750. Isaac Thomas has also joined the top-10 in school history in steals, passing Tony Edmonson (1993-97) in 10th with 111.

The loss drops Georgia College to 7-13 in PBC play, positioned ninth in the league standings. The top eight teams play in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament starting Feb. 28.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m., traveling to Young Harris College.

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