MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Men's Basketball team (15-11, 10-10 PBC) dropped a tight contest Saturday evening on the road versus the University of North Georgia (11-15, 6-14 PBC), falling in overtime, 88-83.
Trailing by nine points at the half, the Bobcat men engineered a dominant second half performance to pull the score even at 73 at the end of regulation. Georgia College outscored North Georgia 44-35 in the second half, fueled by a 9-2 run that gave the Bobcats the lead with 8:06 to play.
Senior guard Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) drained a pair of free throws with 1:36 to go that evened the score at 73. Neither team scored again in regulation. Mitchell-LaFlam tallied 16 points on 6-for-14 shooting with two rebounds and two assists.
In overtime, Georgia College slightly fell off of the pace after the Nighthawks made three consecutive layups and a three-point basket. Down 86-77 with under a minute to go, Chapin Rierson (Calhoun) drilled back-to-back shots from behind the arc to put the Bobcats down by only one possession. However, North Georgia sealed the game with a pair of shots from the line.
Jordan Thomas (Conyers) led all scorers in the game with 24 points, his 11th 20-point game of the season. Thomas also secured three boards and went 5-for-7 from the free throw line.
Rierson and Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) also finished with double-digit points. Rierson nailed a trio of three-pointers to assist in his 16-point output and Roberts barely missed a double-double, scoring 18 points and pulling down nine boards.
With the loss, Georgia College remains in fifth place in the Peach Belt Conference standings with the top eight making the postseason tournament.
They are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 27, taking on Young Harris College at the Centennial Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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