GC Men’s Basketball Falls at North Georgia, 78-72

Junior forward Isaac Thomas
Junior forward Isaac Thomas

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Despite a double-double from Isaac Thomas (Trion) the Georgia College Men's Basketball team (8-8, 4-6 PBC) was unable to overcome a hot start from the University of North Georgia (8-8, 6-4 PBC), falling to the Nighthawks 78-72 Saturday on the road.

The Nighthawks jumped out to a 9-0 start and would never trail. Georgia College scored on its first two possessions of the second half, a pair of shots from Garrick DeBowles (Marietta) to cut the lead to one at 42-41. The Bobcats never trailed by double digits in the second half, but couldn't find the surge to tie or go ahead.

Thomas tallied a 22-point 10-rebound double-double, his sixth double-dip of the season. DeBowles finished with a season-best 12 points on 6-for-12 shooting. Freshman Chapin Rierson (Calhoun) was busy with eight points, eight rebounds and six assists.

The Bobcats were barely out-shot 46 percent (32-70) to 48 percent (29-61) but the Nighthawks did the damage from long range, going 14-for-30 from beyond the arc.

The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m., traveling to Columbus State University.

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