Bobcat Men’s Hoops Dominates Lander, 80-64

2018-19 Bobcat Men's Basketball
2018-19 Bobcat Men's Basketball
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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Controlling the game from nearly start to finish, the Georgia College Men's Basketball team (9-6, 4-5 PBC) dropped Lander University (5-11, 4-6 PBC) with relative ease Saturday at the Centennial Center, an 80-64 final.

Four of Georgia College's five starters reached double-digit scoring, led by sophomore Jordan Thomas (Conyers) with 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting.

Senior Isaac Thomas (Trion) added a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double, his fourth this season. Junior Kohl Roberts (Atlanta), held to just 18 minutes with foul trouble, posted 14 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Chapin Rierson (Calhoun) rattled home half of his six three-point attempts and finished with 11 points.

The Bearcats made the first two points on their first possession. Isaac Thomas answered with a three from the left corner for a 3-2 lead. The teams traded buckets until the 17:34 mark, where Rierson knocked down a three for an 8-6 lead. That sparked a quick 9-2 run to stretch the lead out for the Bobcats.

Georgia College busted through in a big way in the second half, leading by as much as 24 points at 13:02 in the second when freshman guard Wesley Simpson (McDonough) scored on a layup off a pass from Justin Cave (Savannah), making the score 60-36. Simpson finished with six points.

The Bobcats shot a blistering 53 percent (31-59) from the field tonight, compared to just 40 percent (20-50) from Lander. The Bobcats controlled the paint, out-scoring the Bearcats up close 40-16.

Isaac Thomas made his way through the recordbooks in the matchup, his 16 points giving the senior 1,101 in his career, passing Stan Lynn (1990) into 14th in school history. Isaac Thomas also tallied three assists tonight, tying Terrell Harris (2016) for 10th in school history with 236. Isaac Thomas now ranks in the top-10 in Georgia College history for rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, the only player in Georgia College history to make that claim.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. for Sea of Green night against Columbus State University (7-7, 3-6 PBC). The Cougars most recently lost to UNC Pembroke today 71-64.

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