Bobcat Men Drop First Overtime Contest of Young Season, 88-77

Sophomore guard Wesley Simpson
Sophomore guard Wesley Simpson

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – Led by 22 points from junior Jordan Thomas (Conyers) the Georgia College Men's Basketball team (2-4) lost an 88-77 overtime matchup at Emmanuel College (3-5) Monday.

The Bobcats lost in overtime, but nearly didn't get there, trailing 70-68 after Emerson McClung hit a runner from the right side for the Lions with eight seconds left. Jordan Thomas drove the length of the floor after McClung's bucket, slashing to the left side for a layup that rimmed out, the Bobcats got busy on the offensive glass, and the second tip attempt by Wesley Simpson (DeLand, Florida/Union Grove High (Ga.)) rolled home for the tie score as the horn blew.

The Lions started overtime on a 9-0 run and wouldn't surrender the lead the rest of the way.

Jordan Thomas had a tough shooting night at 7-for-26 overall, but hit five from long range on the way to his 22 points. Freshman Brandon Thomas (McDonough) added 13 points off the pine, going 5-for-6 from the stripe.

Sophomore forward Chris Parks (Buford) had 10 points and six boards, while end-of-regulation hero Simpson was a boxscore-filler with six points, 10 boards and four assists, leading the Bobcats in the latter two categories.

The Bobcats were out-shot 41 percent to 36 percent from the floor. The game was otherwise tight as one would imagine from an overtime contest. The Bobcats were out-rebounded 44-43, and caused one more turnover than they coughed up (11-10).

GC Men's Hoops went 0-3 in overtime contests last season. The most recent overtime victory for GC came Jan. 13, 2018 at home against Lander University.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m., playing in the McAfee Classic at Morehouse College. GC takes on LeMoyne-Owen College Saturday.

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