Bobcat Men’s Hoops Drops 77-72 Game at Columbus State

Junior Terrell Harris led the Bobcats with 18 points.
Junior Terrell Harris led the Bobcats with 18 points.

COLUMBUS, Ga. – For the second time this season, the Georgia College men's basketball team (9-14, 3-11 PBC) took a tough Columbus State University (18-3, 12-2 PBC) to the limit Saturday, falling on the road 77-72.

The Bobcats were in essentially a one-possession game down the stretch, missing game-tying attempts from the free-throw line and three-point range with under a minute left. Earlier this season, Georgia College dropped a 91-90 game to the Cougars.

Senior Larrentis Thomas (McDonough) finished with a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double, his 11th of the season. Junior Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Florida) led Georgia College with 18 points, including 8-of-10 from the free-throw line.

Junior guard Dwight Anderson (Minneapolis, Minnesota) had a productive day with 17 points, shooting 2-for-3 from long range and 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.

The Bobcats controlled the first half to the tune of a 43-32 lead at the break. At halftime, Georgia College had hit 50 percent of its shots (17-34) and had two 10-point scorers in Thomas and Harris.

The second half was a complete reversal of fortune, as the Bobcats hit 8-for-22 (.364) from the field and CSU knocked down 18 field goals at a 55 percent clip.

The Cougars were led by 21 points from Shane Heyward, going 10-for-10 from the field with six boards. DeAngelo Kirkland, the leading rebounder in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), pulled in 11 as part of his 12-point double-double.

The loss puts Georgia College at 3-11, positioned seventh in the PBC West standings. The top four advance to the conference tournament at the end of the month and the Bobcats stand four games behind with five left.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m., playing host to Young Harris College on Faculty Appreciation Night.

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