GC Men’s Basketball Drops 52-51 Bout in Waning Seconds

Junior forward Isaac Thomas
Junior forward Isaac Thomas

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.  – In a hard-fought, physical battle throughout 40 minutes of action, a put-back with four seconds left forced a Georgia College Men's Basketball (3-3, 1-1 PBC) loss to Augusta University (3-3, 1-0 PBC) 52-51 Saturday in the Centennial Center.

Neither team could get a comfortable lead in Saturday's action, as the game stayed at a single-digit deficit for the entire contest. The Bobcats hit a dry spell offensively at the least opportune time, not being able to score over the final 2:23. With the Jaguars down 51-48 with a minute left, Aaron Byrd made a lay-in off a nice wraparound pass from Mikkel Kolstad to cut the lead to one.

Next came a Bobcat turnover, and Byrd made good on another lay-up with just over four seconds left gave Augusta the 52-51 lead. Georgia College got a half-way decent look at their own game winner, but came up empty as time expired.  

Junior Isaac Thomas (Trion) had a game-high 16 points, adding seven boards and three blocks. Joining him in double-figure scoring was Jordan Thomas (Conyers) with 10 points and five boards. Seven different Bobcats reached the scoring column in the defensive-minded affair.  

Both teams were sub-40 percent shooting, Augusta out-marking 37 percent (20-54) to 32 percent (19-59) from the field. Augusta took the battle of the boards 45-37 as well, and the Bobcats made four more shots from long range to keep it close (5-1). Jordan Thomas and freshman Chapin Rierson (Calhoun) had two threes each.

The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m., playing host to Albany State University.

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