By: Reid Van Woert, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – A double-double by sophomore Isaac Thomas (Trion) was not enough to push Georgia College (12-9, 6-6 PBC) past the University of North Georgia Nighthawks (12-10, 8-5 PBC), falling 64-60.
Saturday afternoon's contest was neck-and-neck right from the start and stayed that way through the entirety. The Bobcats jumped to an early 10-7 lead through the first five minutes of the game and from that point on it was a battle for victory. The remainder of the half consisted of nine lead changes and three ties favoring the Nighthawks who went into the halftime break with a one-point lead. Thomas came out hot scoring 10 points on six rebounds and two assists in the first.
The intensity of the contest picked right up where it left off coming out of the break with both teams battling for the lead. Throughout the first 12 minutes, there was a total of five lead changes and three ties. North Georgia started to separate themselves from the Bobcats at the eight-minute mark and were able to close it out from there. The Bobcats threatened late with a made three-pointer by senior Mark McCorkle (Cumming) with 13 ticks left on the clock. The Nighthawks were able to knock down a couple clutch free throws to seal the victory in the final seconds.
Thomas finished his solid performance recording his second double-double of the season consisting of 14 points on a career-high 14 boards, three assists and two steals. Thomas now has a total of five double-doubles in his short career with Georgia College. Freshman Garrick DeBowles (Atlanta) was also in double figures for the Bobcats, scoring 14 points on six rebounds and one block.
Georgia College looks to get back on track when they host the Cougars of Columbus State University at the Centennial Center Monday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
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