Bobcat Men’s Basketball Holds Off USC Aiken, 62-59

Sophomore guard Garrick DeBowles
Sophomore guard Garrick DeBowles

AIKEN, S.C. – The Georgia College Men's Basketball team (6-3, 2-1 PBC) held off a late rally from USC Aiken (4-3, 1-2 PBC) Tuesday, the Bobcats taking a 62-59 win.

The Bobcats led from start to finish after forward Kohl Roberts (Atlanta, Georgia) hit a jumper on the first possession. Georgia College started the game 10-0 and led 23-8 at the 11-minute mark.

Roberts led the balanced scoring attack with 11 points, pulling in a team-best eight rebounds as well. Forward Isaac Thomas (Trion, Georgia) added 10 points and seven boards. Sophomore Garrick DeBowles (Marietta, Georgia) had 10 points on a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor, and freshman Andrew Prestwood (Milledgeville, Georgia) knocked down a pair of threes en route to a career-best 10 points.

USCA made adjustments in the second half, after trailing by 19 at the break. The Pacers chipped away all throughout the second half, getting it to a one-possession game at the 7:24 mark after at Doniel Dean layup cut it to 50-48.

After the teams traded buckets, USCA had it down to one possession again at 62-59 after Henry Bolton III hit a three with 15 seconds left. After a pair of missed free throws by the Bobcats, USCA had one more chance at a tie but couldn't find the mark as time expired.

The Bobcats out-shot USCA 41 percent (23-56) to 36 percent (21-58) from the floor, but the Pacers kept it close by knocking down eight threes.

GC Men's Basketball is back in action Saturday, Dec. 30 at 3:30 p.m., playing host to Flagler College.

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