Davis’ Heroics Lead GC Men Past North Georgia, 68-67

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Sophomore J.P. Davis (Albany, Ga.) responded well to his first start in a Georgia College men's basketball (16-9, 10-7 PBC) uniform, netting the game-winning shot in Saturday's 68-67 victory at North Georgia (10-16, 7-10 PBC). 

Davis finished with 12 points, six rebounds and five assists, all single-game highs for the sophomore. Junior Jared Holmes (Indianapolis) paced the Bobcats with 15 points, adding nine rebounds.

Senior forward Reece Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) had 12 points and nine boards, while junior Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) added 10 points and seven rebounds to the cause.

Up three at 66-63 with 27 seconds remaining on a Wiedeman lay-in, the Saints cut the lead to one when Clarence Tillman hit from close range. After a turnover by the Bobcats, Tillman hit two free throws with just 10 seconds left to give North Georgia a 67-66 advantage. Davis knocked down a lay-up with three ticks left for the win.

Tillman had 24 points off the bench to lead all scorers. He was helped by 13 from Carl Taylor and 12 from Bobby Goldsmith.

GC dominated the glass 58-34 and 18-8 on the offensive rebounds. They needed those extra chances to combat the 11-2 advantage the Saints had in three-point field goals.

The Bobcats finish the regular season as the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) West Division No. 3 seed. They now travel to No. 2-seed University of Montevallo (17-9, 10-7 PBC) for a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament opening round game Tuesday, March 1 at 8 p.m. eastern.

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