GC Men’s Basketball Comes up Empty in Conference Opener at USC Aiken, 87-85

Senior guard Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam
Senior guard Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam

AIKEN, S.C. – Four double-digit scorers and 46 points from the Bobcat backcourt wasn't enough as the Georgia College Men's Basketball team (4-2, 0-1 PBC) saw a four-game win streak come to a close in an 87-85 loss at USC Aiken (6-0, 1-0 PBC) Wednesday.

The Bobcats led for the majority of the contest, including up until the 6:28 mark in the second half, when a pair of free throws by USCA's Doniel Dean tied it up at 77-77. The Pacers tightened the defensive clamps late, not allowing a Bobcat field goal after the 2:19 mark.

Senior Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) led the Bobcats with 25 points, a Bobcat career-high for the point guard. Mitchell-LaFlam hit four threes and was 8-for-16 overall from the field. Sophomore Jordan Thomas (Conyers, Georgia) added a 21-point performance, hitting 8 of his 10 shots from inside the arc.

Senior Isaac Thomas (Trion, Georgia) added a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double, his first this season. Junior Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) posted 14 points and four blocks. The quartet of swats gives Roberts 99 in his career, passing Rio McMillian (2016) to third in school history. Up next is Aaron Clark (2008) at 126.

The two teams were evenly matched, with the Pacers owning a 19-12 advantage in caused turnovers, and a plus-seven in free-throws made (17-10).

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., traveling to Augusta University for the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Game of the Week.

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