Long-Distance Shots Spoil GC Men’s Basketball Upset Bid, 91-90

Junior Terrell Harris was two off his career high, netting 29 points on 11-for-18 shooting.
Junior Terrell Harris was two off his career high, netting 29 points on 11-for-18 shooting.

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men's basketball team (8-7, 2-4 PBC) fell victim to an outstanding run of three-point shooting from Columbus State University (11-2, 5-1 PBC) in a 91-90 loss in the Centennial Center Saturday.

Georgia College led by as many as 18 points in the second half, but an amazing stretch from long-range cut the gap quickly for the Cougars. CSU went 9-for-11 for 82 percent from three-point distance in the second half, including makes in their final five three-point attempts over the final 6:36.  

Despite the shooting display, the Bobcats had a chance at a win in the waning seconds. Down six with 2:12 remaining, Ryan Blumenthal (Kennesaw) hit at three to cut the lead in half. After a CSU turnover, Rio McMillian (Park Forest, Illinois) hit a pair of free throws with 50 seconds left for a one-point game at 91-90. McMillian finished with six points.

Another turnover by the Cougars resulted in a missed go-ahead attempt with 14 ticks left for Georgia College, and after a missed CSU free-throw gave the Bobcats a second chance, a game winner rattled out as time expired.

Junior Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Florida) scored a team-best 29 points, his sixth 20-point game this season. Senior Larrentis Thomas (McDonough) added an 11-point, 10 rebound double-double, his eighth of the year.

Blumenthal hit for 18 points, including 13 in the first half. The junior went 4-for-9 from behind the arc. Classmate Dwight Anderson (Minneapolis, Minnesota) added 11 points and a team-best five assists.

The Bobcats were out-shot 56 percent (32-57) to 42 percent (33-78) from the floor, but nabbed a 16-6 advantage in turnovers-caused and a 19-10 lead in offensive boards.

Kenney Funderburk scored a career-best 31 points, including 10-of-17 from the floor. Shane Heyward tallied 17 points, BJ Battle 15 and Shevren Keaton—younger brother of former Bobcat great Shaun Keaton (2006-09)—added 14.

The loss marks the fourth one-point defeat for Bobcat men's basketball this season.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m., playing host to Clayton State University.

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