GC Men's Basketball Loses Homecoming Heartbreaker to Clayton State, 69-65

Kohl Roberts had his fifth-career double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

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By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College's Men's Basketball team (15-12, 9-9 PBC) fell 69-65 in Homecoming bout with the Clayton State University Lakers (15-12, 10-8) Saturday night after a stressful 40 minutes of action. Despite the loss, freshman Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) brought the nearly 4,000 fans to their feet constantly with his 19-point, 14-rebound game, his fifth-career double-double.

The Bobcats started the first half strong, building on momentum from sophomore Isaac Thomas (Trion) hitting two free throws early. Georgia College kept the lead for seven minutes of play before allowing Clayton State to move up the scoreboard by one. The Bobcats and the Lakers volleyed for the lead for five minutes before a three-point beauty from senior Mark McCorkle (Cumming) regained the Bobcat momentum.

With just five minutes left in the first half, the Bobcats were up by nine, thanks to a Chaz Berry (Fayetteville)-three and McCorkle-two combo. The Lakers finally tied up the ballgame, 31-31, with only a few seconds left on the clock, but McCorkle drained a crowd-raising triple at the buzzer from just inside mid-court to put the Bobcats up 34-31 at the break.

Georgia College stuck first and early in the second half with two Roberts foul shots putting the Bobcats up by five. The Bobcat offense then went dry, letting the Lakers take a six-point run and the lead with 16 minutes left to play. That gave the Lakers the strength they needed to pull away from the home team. The Bobcats made nothing but free throws for five minutes of second half, keeping the game in grasp.

With just 49 seconds left to play, Roberts sunk a layup off his own defensive rebound. Fouled on the shot, Roberts made the layup worth three and brought the game within four. After a wide-open Laker dunk from Maurice White, Garrick DeBowles (Marietta) scored quickly to return the deficit to four with 37 seconds left. Roberts once again brought the crowd back into the game with an immediate steal-layup combination with 28 seconds on the clock. The Bobcats were a field goal away from a tie ballgame. Roberts made a follow-up free throw to make it 64-63.

Some late Bobcat mistakes let the Lakers go up by four with 18 seconds left. Brice Booker (Atlanta) brought it within two once again, but with only five seconds left, the Bobcats were unable to overcome the deficit.

Roberts recorded his fifth-career double-double with 19 points and 14 boards. He was one rebound shy of tying his career record. The freshman came out of halftime with only four points to his name, but he made 11-of-14 free throws in the second to blast him past the rest of the field. Roberts' impressive numbers topped not only the Bobcat roster but also all of Clayton State's players.

Berry and Thomas also had impressive games of their own. Both posted 12-points apiece, and Thomas was second-best in boards with six.

Currently, the Bobcats sit sixth in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) West. With only one game left to play at Lander University Wednesday, the Bobcats need a win and some help to secure their playoff spot for the 2016-17 season. The Bobcats take on Lander Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. As always, you can follow the action live on GCBobcats.com and Country 102.3 FM.

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