Bobcat Men’s Hoops Stumbles in Matchup at North Georgia, 90-80

Junior guard Justin Cave
Junior guard Justin Cave

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Georgia College Men's Basketball team (5-9, 2-4 PBC) went on a cold spell mid-way through the first half and couldn't recover, falling 90-80 at the University of North Georgia (7-7, 2-4 PBC) Saturday.

GC jumped in front early, leading 7-2 after an Austin Sloan (Warner Robins) dunk. UNG tightened the defensive effort at the 14 minute mark of the half, going on a 17-4 run to lead 23-14 with 7:37 remaining before halftime. The Nighthawks led 35-27 at the half and stretched it out further in the second.

The Bobcats hit the 1:11 mark of the second half down 16, but wouldn't go down without a fight. Freshman Richard Crawford III (Evans) made good on a four-point play, then classmate Hunter Norman (Kennesaw) knocked down threes on consecutive possessions. The Nighthawks kept the Bobcats from threatening by hitting their final four free-throw attempts.

Junior Justin Cave (Savannah) led the Bobcats with 16 points, going 6-for-8 from the free-throw line. Classmate Jordan Thomas (Conyers) added 12, while reserve guard Brandon Thomas (McDonough) added 10 points. Sloan finished with four points, Norman nine and Crawford eight.

The Nighthawks shot a blistering 52 percent clip, compared to just 38 percent from GC. UNG controlled the boards as well 47-30.  

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 11:30 a.m. for Education Day at the Centennial Center. GC will host Young Harris College for the special matinee.

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