GC Men’s Hoops Falls in Overtime at Francis Marion, 86-82

Senior forward Isaac Thomas
Senior forward Isaac Thomas

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Georgia College Men's Basketball team (11-7, 6-6 PBC) got upended at Francis Marion University (14-4, 10-3 PBC), the potent Patriot offense coming alive in the second half to avoid the upset, 86-82 in overtime.

The Bobcats led by as many as 21 points during the second half. The Patriots chipped away at the lead, their first second-half advantage coming eventually at the 3:40 mark at 69-67. FMU took a 74-72 lead with just over a minute left. After a Bobcat miss from close range and a Patriot three was off the mark, Georgia College got the game tying score when Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) found Kohl Roberts (Atlanta, Georgia) for a layup with just two ticks remaining.

In the extra frame, all 12 of the FMU points came off free throws as the Patriots closed out the epic come-from-behind effort.

The Bobcats had two 20-point scorers, getting a game-high 22 from Jordan Thomas (Conyers, Georgia) and 21 with nine rebounds and six assists from Isaac Thomas (Trion, Georgia). Roberts finished with 16 and 13 rebounds for a double-double, and sophomore Chapin Rierson (Calhoun, Georgia) added 14 with seven caroms.

It was the fifth 20-point game of the season for Jordan Thomas, and the 10th of his career.

Georgia College controlled points in the paint 54-34, and had a 43-38 rebounding advantage. The difference came in the points off turnovers, owned by FMU 29-11, and the Patriots having 23 made free throws to just nine for the Bobcats.

GC Men's Hoops is 0-2 in overtime contests now this season, the last Bobcat overtime victory coming Jan. 13, 2018 against Lander University.

With the 21 points, Issac Thomas now has 1,148 in his career, passing Tim Jones (1997) into 12th in school history. Roberts' rebound total in his career now stands at 566, passing Josh Hurst (2011) into eighth in school history.

The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m., traveling to Young Harris College (9-10, 7-6 PBC). The Mountain Lions most recently lost at No. 6 USC Aiken today 109-87.

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