GC Men’s Basketball Falls to 2015 NCAA Tournament Participant Benedict, 80-69

GC Men’s Basketball Falls to 2015 NCAA Tournament Participant Benedict, 80-69

ALBANY, Ga. – The Georgia College men's basketball team (5-2) took a 2015 NCAA Tournament Participant to the limit Sunday, falling to Benedict College (5-2) 80-69 in day two of the ASU Holiday Classic, hosted by Albany State University.

The Bobcats nearly came back from a 10-point halftime deficit, down 33-23 at the break. Georgia College shot 56 percent (18-32) in the second half, almost making up for a dismal 30 percent (10-33) effort in the first half.  

Senior Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Florida) had 25 points, his sixth 20-plus point effort in seven games this season. Harris passed Stan Lynn (1988-90) into 13th place in career scoring at Georgia College tonight. Harris now has 1,092 career points, just 20 behind 12th place and Larry Anderson (1971-75).  

No other Bobcats made it to double-figure scoring, as Dwight Anderson (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and Isaac Thomas (Trion) had nine points each. Thomas pulled in a game-best seven boards as well.

The Bobcats were out-shot 48 percent (31-64) to 43 percent (28-65) from the field. The Tigers also out-rebounded Georgia College 42-32. Quiron Cooke led four double-digit scorers for the Tigers, putting in 17 points off the bench.

The Tigers are coming off a 19-win season in 2014-15, a year in which they took the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Tournament Championship.

The Bobcats are back in action Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m., playing host to Clark Atlanta University.

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