GC Men’s Basketball Drops Double-OT Thriller at UNCP, 82-75

Freshman guard Jordan Thomas
Freshman guard Jordan Thomas

PEMBROKE, N.C. – For the second-straight game, the Georgia College Men's Basketball team (7-5, 3-3 PBC) came up short in an overtime matchup, this time in double-overtime at Peach Belt Conference (PBC) leader UNC Pembroke (9-3, 5-1 PBC), 82-75 Saturday.

Junior Isaac Thomas (Trion, Georgia) posted 23 points, including 10-for-16 from the free-throw line. The scoring total was Isaac Thomas' career best, and his second 20-point game this season. The only other double-digit scorer for the Bobcats was rookie Jordan Thomas (Conyers, Georgia) adding 18 points with 9-of-11 from the charity stripe.

The Bobcats were down 61-58 with five seconds left after a dunk and free throw from UNCP's Akia Pruitt. Jordan Thomas then drained a long-distance bomb with just one second left to tie the game at the end of regulation.

The first overtime provided little fireworks, as each team managed just nine points apiece. Just over a minute left, the Bobcats were down five at 70-65. Jordan Thomas then made two free-throws and—after a pair of charity-stripe misses from UNCP—the rookie guard was at it again, knocking down another three to tie it with 24 seconds left. A game-winning layup attempt for the Braves on the first overtime's final possession was swatted by Isaac Thomas, sending the teams to overtime No. 2.

The Bobcats ran out of luck in the second overtime, unable to score for the final two minutes in the loss.

Georgia College is now 0-2 in overtime contests this season, and last won a game in extra frames Dec. 6, 2014 against Fort Valley State University.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m., playing host to Clayton State University.

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