Rally Falls Just Short for GC Men’s Basketball at Young Harris, 96-90

Sophomore guard Jordan Thomas
Sophomore guard Jordan Thomas

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Posed with the challenge of a strong offensive opponent, Georgia College Men's Basketball (11-8, 6-7 PBC) came up just shy, falling 96-90 at Young Harris College (10-10, 8-6 PBC) Monday night.

Sophomore guard Jordan Thomas (Conyers) poured in 28 points to lead the charge, as each of the 10 Bobcats that entered the game reached the scoring column. Jordan Thomas added six boards and went 8-for-9 from the free-throw line.

Adding 16 points to the cause was senior Isaac Thomas (Trion), posting five assists and five rebounds. Rounding out the double-digit scorers with 10 was sophomore Chapin Rierson (Calhoun). Georgia College fell victim to foul trouble late, as both Thomases and junior Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) fouled out.

With 10 minutes left in the contest, the Bobcats trailed by 15 at 79-64. The next seven minutes would provide a 19-7 run to cut it to a one-possession game, capped by a Rierson layup for an 86-83 deficit.

YHC would push back in front, but a Jordan Thomas three with 1:34 remaining brought the 'Cats within three again at 93-90. Unfortunately, the Mountain Lions would tighten the defensive clamps, holding the Bobcats scoreless for the remainder of the contest.

The Bobcats took advantage of the turnovers to get back in it, causing 30 and coughing it up just 19 times. The GC Men once again dominated points in the paint, 56-31.

The loss puts the Bobcats at 6-7 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, good for sixth in the league standings. The top eight teams advance to the PBC Tournament in March.

GC Men's Basketball is back in action Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m., traveling to Georgia Southwestern State University (2-17, 0-13 PBC). The Hurricanes most recently lost at the University of North Georgia 92-89 Saturday.

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