By: Reid Van Woert, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEGEVILLE, Ga. – A great team effort from Georgia College Men's Basketball (9-5, 3-2 PBC) earned them the victory at the Centennial Center Monday evening over the Francis Marion Patriots (5-8, 2-3 PBC), 62-46.
Georgia College came to play early, taking a 10-point lead just four minutes into the contest. Junior guard Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) continued his excellent play, scoring seven of the first 12 points for the Bobcats giving them a comfortable early advantage. The early spark from Mitchell-LaFlam set the tone for the first half, extending their lead to as much as 18 points. Georgia College went into the break with a 12-point lead over the Patriots.
Francis Marion managed a little run of their own in the second half getting within seven points at the 10-minute mark, but were unable to dig their way out of an early hole. The Bobcats were able to hold off the Patriots in the closing minutes while extending the Georgia College lead to 16 points to earn the win.
Georgia College was strong on the defensive front only allowing the Patriots to shoot 30 percent from the field opposed to the Bobcats shooting a solid 40 percent.
It was a total team effort from Georgia College, the scoring was scattered evenly throughout the roster with points coming from nine different players. The leading scorer for the third straight game was Mitchell-LaFlam with 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal. Just behind him was junior Brice Booker (Atlanta) who scored in double-digits for the sixth time this year and had 10 points, five rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.
Sophomore Isaac Thomas (Trion) had a huge night on the boards for the Bobcats, collecting a team-high 13 rebounds, tying his career high. Thomas was just one point shy of a double-double recording nine points on five assists, one block and one steal.
With the victory tonight over Francis Marion, Georgia College improves to 3-2 in conference play and look to stay north of .500 when they host the University of North Georgia at the Centennial Center Wednesday Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
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