By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. –Georgia College Men's Basketball (14-10, 8-7 PBC) kept its playoff hopes alive after defeating the Young Harris College Mountain Lions (13-11, 7-8 PBC) on Senior Day, 78-71. The Bobcats led for over 36 minutes thanks to five Bobcats scoring higher than 12 points. Those five combined for 70 of the 78 Bobcat points.
The Bobcats started off the game strong, netting eight points and shutting out the Mountain Lions for the first five minutes of play. Slowly, Young Harris began to gain ground, but Georgia College extended its lead to 10 points two separate times in the first half. The Bobcat defense kept the Mountain Lions down by at least five up until C.J. Wilson, Young Harris' leading scorer, drained a triple with one minute left in the half. The Blue and Green went into the lockerroom with a four-point advantage, 34-30.
The visiting Mountain Lions came out of halftime with a renewed resilience, improving all shooting averages from the first half. Young Harris tied up the ballgame at 40-40 three minutes into the second half and kept themselves in the game for the remaining time. The Bobcats led by seven a few minutes later, only to give the lead up to a tie with 10 minutes left in the half.
Finally, the Bobcat offense kicked into gear and scored nine unanswered points with under two minutes remaining. Four of those came from Isaac Thomas (Trion) free throws. Thomas was nearly perfect from the line, missing only one of 11 the entire game. The Bobcats secured the victory with 10 foul shots in the final 60 seconds, making the final score 78-71.
Thomas came alive in the second half, snagging all 10 of his free throws after halftime. His 14-point second half bested his fellow Bobcats by at least eight. Thomas finished with a team-leading 16 points and was one board short of his fifth career double-double.
Star freshman Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) once again ended north of 10 points. Roberts scored 15 and grabbed seven rebounds before the final buzzer. This game goes down as Roberts' eighth double-digit scoring game in the last 10.
Garrick DeBowles (Marietta), Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) and Austin Dukes (Lawrenceville) also posted 13 points a piece. Dukes led off the bench, while DML tied Roberts with seven rebounds.
The Bobcats have a quick turnaround this weekend as they host the University of North Georgia in a make-up game Monday night. Tip-off for the men's game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Centennial Center. As always, you can follow all the action live on Country 102.3 FM and the Bobcat Broadcast Network at GCBobcats.com.
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