MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A strong second half did in the upset hopes for Georgia College men's basketball (8-11, 2-8 PBC) Saturday, instead falling 77-67 to 2014 NCAA Regional Finalist University of Montevallo (13-7, 9-1 PBC) in the Centennial Center.
The Bobcats went toe-to-toe with one of the hottest teams in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), as Montevallo has now won nine of its last 10 games. A three-pointer from Juwan Hubbard (Rockford, Illinois) made it a single possession game at 34-31 just under a minute into the second half. Hubbard finished with five points, making the first basket in each half.
Montevallo used a 19-5 run, capped at the 8:33 mark by a Shykeem Jackson three, to stretch their lead out. Georgia College got the advantage down to single digits on just one occasion after that run.
Senior Larrentis Thomas (McDonough) scored 18 points with 11 boards for his ninth double-double this season and 19th in a Bobcat uniform.
Junior Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Florida) eclipsed the 20-point mark for the eighth time this year, scoring exactly 20 on 8-for-13 shooting with four assists.
The Bobcats out-shot the Falcons 46 percent (25-54) to 41 percent (24-58) from the floor, but Montevallo doubled up Georgia College from long range, knocking down 10 threes to just five for the home squad.
Jackson hit five from long range on 15 attempts, finishing with a game-high 21 points. Larry Slaughter had a 19-point, 13-rebound double-double and returning All-American Troran Brown scored 19 points, all in the first half.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 28 as they travel to Young Harris College with tipoff at 7:30 p.m.
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