GC Men’s Basketball Falls on Senior Day, 71-59

Coach Mark Gainous, Senior Brice Booker and Associate Athletic Director Jimmy Wilson
Coach Mark Gainous, Senior Brice Booker and Associate Athletic Director Jimmy Wilson

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. Offense was hard to come by Wednesday night for Georgia College Men's Basketball (11-14, 7-12 PBC), as the Bobcats fell 71-59 to Columbus State University (7-15, 7-12 PBC) on Senior Day in the Centennial Center. 

Junior Isaac Thomas (Trion) provided a game-high 20 points, pulling in nine rebounds and blocking four shots. Sophomore Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) contributed a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double as a reserve. Freshman Jordan Thomas (Conyers) added 10 points. Those three provided 71 percent of the offense for the Bobcats.  

GC Men's Hoops started out well, an 11-5 run off the opening tip, capped by a three-pointer from freshman Justin Cave (Savannah). Columbus State whittled away at the lead, eventually taking over for the first time at 22-21 at the 6:02 mark in the first half. The Bobcats rebounded, with Chapin Rierson (Calhoun) hitting a three at the buzzer for a 29-26 halftime lead.

Columbus State grabbed a second-half advantage at 13:46 when JaCori Payne was fouled taking a three and made a trio of free-throws. CSU came out of that exchange up 39-37, a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

The Bobcats were out-shot 48 percent (22-46) to 38 percent (21-55) from the floor, but owned a 28-18 advantage in points in the paint.

The loss drops Georgia College to 7-12 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, tied for eighth in the league standings. The top eight advance to the PBC Tournament Feb. 28.

Prior to the game, the Bobcats held Senior Day festivities, honoring the career of Brice Booker (Atlanta).

With his four blocks, Isaac Thomas moved into the school's career top-five with 87 swats, overtaking Reece Wiedeman (2007-11). Up next is J.J. Madden (1992-96) at 92.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m. hosting the University of North Georgia in Georgia College's annual Homecoming game.

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