Bobcat Men’s Hoops Downed by Strong-Shooting CSU, 92-79

Junior guard Jordan Thomas
Junior guard Jordan Thomas
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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Men's Basketball team (5-8, 2-3 PBC) couldn't keep pace with hot-shooting Columbus State University (7-5, 2-2 PBC) Wednesday night in the Centennial Center, the Bobcats falling 92-79.

The Cougars hit a blistering 51 percent (34-67) from the field, and knocked down 13 three pointers.

The Bobcats took the lead 2-0 when freshman A.J. James (Bowman) sunk a jumper on the team's first possession. CSU responded with an 11-0 run and would never look back. CSU led 49-31 at the half, and stretched its lead as high as 26 points at 74-48 with 10 minutes left in the game. GC battled however, actually taking the second half by a 48-43 score.

Junior guard Jordan Thomas (Conyers) led the Bobcats with 24 points, including 14 in the second half. The Bobcats had five double-digit scorers, as sophomore Wesley Simpson (DeLand, Florida/Union Grove HS (Ga.)), junior Justin Cave (Savannah) and sophomore Chris Parks (Buford) each tallied 11 points. Simpson had six boards and four assists, with Parks yanking down six rebounds as well. Freshman Brandon Thomas (McDonough) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.

The Bobcats shot 36 percent from the field, adding a solid 32 percent (11-34) from long range. GC did the job at the free-throw line, knocking down 16-of-17 as a team.

Jordan Thomas jumped into third place in school history in made three pointers in tonight's action. The junior marksman hit four from behind the arc, giving him 163 in his career. He passed William Northcut (1989) and Heath Colvin (1993) in tonight's action. Up next is John Steensland (2000) with 223. Jordan Thomas also made moves in the all-time scoring list at Georgia College, as his 24 points puts him at 1,188 in his career, passing both Ronnie Sims (1984) and Tim Northcut (1991) to take 11th in school history.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 11 at 3:30 p.m., traveling to the University of North Georgia.

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