by Graham Hill, sports information student
|PEACH BELT STANDINGS|
MILLEDGEVILE, Ga- Georgia College Men's Basketball (10-6, 5-5 PBC) had a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Columbus State University (7-9, 3-8 PBC), the Bobcats overcoming early shooting woes to win 68-62 Wednesday at the Centennial Center.
In a game where the Bobcats trailed by 19 points and had just five points 15 minutes into the first half, a strong push before halftime gave Georgia College the confidence and momentum to complete the second-half comeback. The Bobcats overcame an 11-point deficit at the intermission to take their first lead of the game at the 7:30 mark in the second half.
Senior Isaac Thomas (Trion) once again had a standout performance, padding his stats all over the court with 18 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Isaac Thomas got the Bobcats into position to win during the second half, but the end of the game was all about classmate Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida).
The smallest player on the court at 5-foot-8, Mitchell-LaFlam came up big with clutch threes, knocking down three in a row in the final minutes of the game, including a dagger with 10 seconds left to put the Bobcats up five. Mitchell-LaFlam finished with 12 points, all coming in the final 7:32 of the contest. The court general added six assists. Sophomore Chapin Rierson (Calhoun) drained a big three of his own with 53 seconds left, finishing with 12 points and five rebounds.
The rowdy 'Sea of Green Night' crowd loved watching the Bobcats grind out this comeback victory after a less-than-convincing first half performance. All five starters finished in double figures in scoring with junior Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) adding a double-double at 11 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Jordan Thomas (Conyers) scored 12 points as well
With his 18-point performance in the 100th game of the senior's career, Isaac Thomas passes Larry Anderson (1975) into 13th place in school history with 1,119 career points. Isaac Thomas also broke a deadlock with Terrell Harris (2016) in Georgia College's career assists list, and now owns 10th place with 242. The 18 points was also the 55th time in Isaac Thomas' career where he reached double-digit scoring, matching John Steensland (2000) for 10th in the school recordbooks.
Georgia College has now won five out of its last six games, and are peaking at just the right time as the fight begins for postseason positioning. The Bobcats' season continues Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m. against the University of North Georgia at home.
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