Bobcat Men’s Basketball Upsets #25 UNC Pembroke, 75-68

Sophomore guard Chapin Rierson
Sophomore guard Chapin Rierson
PEACH BELT STANDINGS

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Men's Basketball team (8-5, 3-4 PBC) did what no other Peach Belt Conference (PBC) team has done this season: beat No. 25 UNC Pembroke (10-2, 5-1 PBC). The Bobcats topped the Braves 75-68 Saturday at the Centennial Center.

Georgia College used a dominant 37-27 second half to extend a win streak to three, but it got tight late. Up by just one possession at 71-68 with 31 seconds left, the Bobcats turned it over to UNCP.

Isaac Thomas (Trion) responded with the biggest steal of his career with 15 seconds left, then Chapin Rierson (Calhoun) pushed the advantage up to five with a pair of free-throws. Isaac Thomas then blocked a shot on the other end and broke loose for a crowd-raising dunk to put an exclamation point on the Bobcat win.

The victory was the first over a ranked opponent by GC Men's Hoops since beating No. 7 Augusta State University Jan. 31, 2009.

Rierson led all scorers with a career-best 22 points, going 4-for-7 from long range and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. Junior Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) added 16 points and a team-high nine boards.

Sophomore Jordan Thomas (Conyers) hit 6-for-6 from the charity stripe en route to 13 points, and Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) managed 11 with seven boards and five assists.  

The Bobcats out-rebounded UNCP 34-29 and out-shot the Braves 47 percent (24-51) to 41 percent (21-51) from the field. Georgia College had just seven turnovers, the second-straight game with single-digit giveaways.

Roberts now has 522 career rebounds after tonight's effort, passing Johnny Simpson (1986) into ninth in school history.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m., traveling to Clayton State University.

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