Bobcat Men’s Hoops Takes Overtime Game from Lander, 75-64

Freshman guard Jordan Thomas
Freshman guard Jordan Thomas

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The third time was indeed the charm for Georgia College Men's Basketball (8-6, 4-4 PBC) Saturday in the Centennial Center, the Bobcats beating Lander University (6-8, 2-6 PBC) 75-64 in overtime, Georgia College's third overtime game this season.

Freshman Jordan Thomas (Conyers) led all scorers with 26 points, including 12-for-14 from the free-throw line, as the two teams combined for 54 fouls in a physical contest. Isaac Thomas (Trion) chipped in 14-points and 13-rebounds, the fifth double-double for the junior this season.

Sophomore Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) had 12 points and seven boards, while rookie Chapin Rierson (Calhoun) was a boxscore-filler with 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal.

A tight contest throughout, neither team led by double-digits in regulation. Lander's Rahu Purdie connected on a three-pointer with 1:02 left in the second half to knot the game at 56-56. The Bobcats had two attempts and Lander one at getting the lead in the final 62 seconds, but neither team could pull it off.

The Bobcats dominated overtime, not allowing Lander to score until there was less than two minutes left. Georgia College took the extra frame 19-8, with Jordan Thomas leading the way. Fourteen of his 26 points came in the extra period.  

Purdie led Lander with 17 points. He was helped by Jordan Dingle with 13 points and five boards.

With tonight's effort, Isaac Thomas has 568 career rebounds, passing Josh Hurst (2007-11) into seventh place in school history.

The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Jan. 15 at 3:30 p.m., playing host to USC Aiken. Georgia College beat the Pacers 62-59 on the road earlier this season.

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