|PEACH BELT STANDINGS|
PEMBROKE, N.C. – Coming just two assists away from a triple-double, sophomore Wesley Simpson (DeLand, Florida/Union Grove HS (Ga.)) led Georgia College Men's Basketball (4-5, 1-0 PBC) to a 67-64 win at UNC Pembroke (6-3, 0-1 PBC) in both teams' Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opener.
Simpson hit 7-for-12 from the floor with 4-of-5 from long range to net a career-high 21 points. He pulled in 11 rebounds and added eight assists. The effort gives Simpson back-to-back double-doubles.
Sophomore forward Chris Parks (Buford, Georgia) added 13 points with seven boards, and rookie Austin Sloan (Warner Robins) threw in 10 points off the bench, missing just one of his six shots from the field.
Simpson shone brightest in the final moments. His jumper with 1:01 remaining put the Bobcats up 64-62. On the next possession, he pulled in a rebound, then found Sloan in transition for a thrilling dunk and a 66-62 lead. UNCP cut the lead to two, then got the ball back on a GC turnover.
With 21 seconds left, Simpson hauled in a missed three-pointer, then hit one of two free-throws for the 67-64 final.
GC Men's Hoops shot at a blistering pace, hitting half of their shots from the field (26-52) and 42 percent from deep (8-19). The game was a back-and-forth affair, featuring 24 lead changes and 18 ties.
The Bobcats are back in action Thursday, Dec. 19 at 3:30 p.m., playing host to Flagler College.
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