GC Men’s Basketball Gunslingers Fall in Impressive Three-Point Shootout, 101-88

Sophomore guard Wesley Simpson
Sophomore guard Wesley Simpson

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – With the two teams combining for 28 three-point baskets, the Georgia College Men's Basketball team (5-7, 2-2 PBC) lost to Peach Belt Conference (PBC) leader USC Aiken (8-6, 4-0 PBC) 101-88 Saturday in the Centennial Center.

The Bobcats hit a season-high 18 three-pointers, with seven different players making a splash from long range. Sophomore Christian Koneman (Chatsworth) and junior Jordan Thomas (Conyers) hit four each, with sophomore Wesley Simpson (DeLand, Florida/Union Grove HS (Ga.)) and freshman Brandon Thomas (McDonough) each draining three.

The 18 threes ties the season-best for GC, set Dec. 19 against Flagler College, and is the most by the Bobcats since making good on 24 long-range bombs against Carver Bible College Dec. 3, 2009.

Simpson led the Bobcats with 26 points, adding 10 boards and five assists, the sophomore's third double-double of the season. He hit 10-of-15 shots from the floor, netting a career-high in points.

Jordan Thomas finished with 20 points, including 4-for-9 from long range. Koneman had 16, missing just one of his five attempts from beyond the arc, while Brandon Thomas finished with nine points.

The Bobcats never led in first half, as USC Aiken set the pace with a 7-0 start. The first Bobcat lead came at 49-46 less than a minute into the second, when Jordan Thomas hit a hotly-contested three from the top of the arc.

The Pacers took the lead back minutes later, and the Bobcats hung close for the remainder of the contest. USCA kept the Bobcats at arm's length thanks to a blistering free-throw shooting effort. The Pacers hit all 25 of their free-throw attempts as a team, setting the PBC record for a single-game effort.  

Jordan Thomas continues to make his mark on the Georgia College recordbooks, as the junior now has 159 made three-pointers in his career. He passed Graham Martin (2010) and is now tied for fifth with Tim Northcut (1991) for career threes made. Jordan Thomas' threes rank third in the NCAA-era of basketball at GC.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m., playing host to Columbus State University.

The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup and the 2017 PBC Sportsmanship Institution of the Year, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.