GC Men’s Basketball Drops Season Opener, 87-81

GC Men’s Basketball Drops Season Opener, 87-81

MEISENHEIMER, N.C. – Despite a pair of double-doubles, the Georgia College Men's Basketball team (0-1) came up empty in its season opener Friday, falling 87-81 at Pfeiffer University in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC)/Conference Carolinas (CC) Crossover.

2015-16 PBC Co-Freshman of the Year Isaac Thomas (Trion, Georgia) tied for team highs with both 16 points and 13 rebounds. Joining Thomas' double-double was junior Brice Booker (Atlanta, Georgia) pulling in 13 boards to go with his 12 points.

A tight contest throughout, the Bobcats were able to stretch the lead to double-digits just once, at 64-54 with 10:07 remaining.

Pfeiffer then whittled away at the Bobcat advantage, sealing the game on a 21-10 run over the final 3:49.

Sophomore Chaz Berry (Fayetteville, Georgia) finished with 16 points and five boards, while the two-man point guard tandem of Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) and Austin Dukes (Lawrenceville, Georgia) also impressed in their first Bobcat action. Mitchell-LaFlam had 11 points, six assists and four rebounds, while Dukes scored 10 with six helps and a pair of steals.

The difference came behind the arc, as the Falcons hit 13 from three-point range compared to Georgia College's three. The Bobcats stayed in the game with a dominant 54-38 rebounding advantage and by out-shooting Pfeiffer at the free-throw line 67 percent to 51 percent.

A big part of the comeback effort was senior guard A.J. Clark, netting 23 points, including 17 in the second half. The loss ends a 10-year win streak in season-opening matchups for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m., taking on Emmanuel College to kick off day two of the PBC/CC Crossover.

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