MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Powered by 21 points from Dwight Anderson (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and another Larrentis Thomas (McDonough) double-double, the Georgia College men's basketball team (4-2) ended a three-game win streak for Albany State University (3-3) Tuesday night in a 77-64 ballgame at the Centennial Center.
The win avenges a 67-66 loss for Georgia College at the Rams Nov. 19.
The Bobcats trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, the Rams' largest advantage coming with 5:43 left on a jumper by Larry Bullock. Georgia College took a 13-5 run for the final 4:38 of the first half to trail at the break by 40-39.
Momentum carried into the second half, as Georgia College took the lead for good with 15:10 left on a free throw by Anderson.
Tightening the clamps considerably in the second half, Georgia College allowed just 28 percent (9-32) shooting from the floor, including just 21 percent (3-14) from long range. The Bobcats won the second frame 38-24.
Anderson led all scorers with 21 points, including 4-for-5 from long range and a team-best six assists.
Thomas had 18 points and a game-best 15 rebounds, matching his career best in caroms. The Bobcats' lone senior has now posted double-doubles in each of the last four contests.
Junior forward Rio McMillian (Park Forest, Illinois) added 11 points and six rebounds off the bench in 18 quality minutes.
Albany State was led by 21 points from Bullock, flanked by 12 points and nine boards from Chris Wheeler. Bullock has been tough on the Bobcats this season, posting 20 points in the meeting in Albany.
The four straight double-doubles for Thomas matches his best streak from a year ago, doing so in the final four games of the year.
The Bobcats are back in action Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., traveling to Clark Atlanta University.
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