Bobcat Hoops Holds off Tampa Comeback in 86-82 win

Junior guard Jordan Thomas
Junior guard Jordan Thomas

ST. LEO, Fla. – The Georgia College Men's Basketball team (2-2) jumped out early and held on to top the University of Tampa (0-4) 86-82 Sunday in day two of the Saint Leo Classic.

Junior Jordan Thomas (Conyers, Georgia) netted 26 points, leading the team today and becoming the 16th member of the 1,000-point club at Georgia College. Freshman Brandon Thomas (McDonough, Georgia) chipped in 18 points off the pine, his first double-digit scoring effort of his career.

Junior guard Justin Cave (Savannah, Georgia) added 12 points, including all five free-throw attempts. Sophomore forward Chris Parks (Buford, Georgia) added 10 in a reserve role, his second double-digit scoring performance.

The Spartans scored first, hitting a free-throw at the 18:06 mark. The Bobcats took the lead on a Jordan Thomas layup on a great find from Wesley Simpson (DeLand), one of his seven assists on the day. That gave GC a 2-1 lead, one they would never relinquish.

The advantage hit its peak of 15 points at 48-33 when Brandon Thomas knocked down a three with 37 seconds left in the first half. Tampa won the second frame 46-38, but couldn't even out the earlier dominance from GC.

Jordan Thomas became the 16th member of the 1,000-point club with his 16th point, coming on a jumper with 8:48 left in the second half. He now has 1,010 career points, 76 behind Stan Lynn (1990).

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m., traveling to Albany State University.

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