AUGUSTA, Ga. – A layup by senior Brice Booker (Atlanta) with just 3.7 seconds left lifted Georgia College Men's Basketball (11-12, 7-10 PBC) over Augusta University (13-10, 10-7 PBC) in a thrilling road victory Saturday afternoon, 61-59.
The Jaguars started the game leading by as much as 10 points at the 6:40 mark in the first half, but the lead was short-lived as the Bobcats proceeded to go on 18-0 run over the next four minutes to take over. The Jags did stop the bleeding and managed to cut their deficit to 32-30 going into the half.
Georgia College's momentum carried over from the first half, maintaining a slight advantage over Augusta throughout the second with the exception of a brief one-point Jaguar lead at the 13 minute mark. Although trailing through most of the half, Augusta managed to tie the game at 59-59 with just 17 seconds remaining.
Booker netted the eventual game-winning layup with nine seconds left coming out of a timeout by Augusta. Booker took the ball from the inbounds to the left wing. There he hesitated, slipped by two defenders with a behind-the back dribble, and sliced to the hoop for the go-ahead score. The Jags called another timeout but were unable to get a shot off following the inbounds play, securing the victory for Georgia College.
The deep-ball was crucial in the Georgia College victory tonight with the Bobcats sinking nine from long distance. Freshman Jordan Thomas (Conyers) contributed to that with four of his own going 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, tallying 18 points while grabbing five rebounds. Freshman Justin Cave (Savannah) was also solid from three with three buckets from long range landing him in double digits with 10 points. Booker finished with nine points, but none bigger than last lefty layup
This was a crucial road win for Georgia College, placing them in outright eighth-place in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), with the top-eight teams in the conference advancing to the PBC Tournament in late February.
The Bobcats are back at it when they travel to St. Augustine, Florida to play Flagler College Monday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
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