GC Men Drop Tight Battle to Albany State Golden Rams, 94-86

GC Men Drop Tight Battle to Albany State Golden Rams, 94-86

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By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant

MILLDGEVILLE, Ga. – After a close bout with the Golden Rams of Albany State University (3-4), the Georgia College Men's Basketball (5-3) team broke its five-game win streak Saturday afternoon at home. The Bobcats fell short at the final buzzer, 94-86, despite freshman Garrick DeBowles' (Marietta) 22-point game.

The Bobcats had a solid first half, making 40 percent of their field goal tries and a huge 84.6 percent from the line. Sophomore Chaz Berry (Fayetteville) was quick off the start, netting 10 points and grabbing four boards in the first half. Georgia College went into half time with a manageable six-point deficit on the board, 44-38.

Coming out of the lockerroom break, the Bobcats took and made more shots from the floor than in the first. The team made 17-of-33 field goals, six from the arc. Their 51.5 completion percentage tied the opponent's second half average. The Bobcats' 48-point second half was primarily thanks to DeBowles, who recorded 15 points in the last half alone.

Four Bobcats put double-digits up on the board. At the top, DeBowles shot 7-for-11 from the floor and 4-of-5 past the three for a whopping 22 points. The freshman's career-best makes him the first Bobcat of the 2016-17 season to reach past 20 points.

Junior Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyna Beach, Florida) got 10 in the second to round out his total at 15 points, a career-best, and Berry came one short with 14. Freshman Austin Dukes (Lawrenceville) came off the bench to get his career-best of 10.

The team split the 36 rebounds pretty evenly, with Berry and Mitchell-LaFlam at the top with five.

Up next, the Bobcats begin conference play against Armstrong State University Saturday, Dec. 16. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m.

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