MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men's basketball team (6-6, 2-3 PBC) lost a tight battle with Flagler College (5-7, 1-4 PBC) 60-58 in the Centennial Center Thursday night.
Ante Gospic performed on both ends for Flagler in the waning seconds, sealing the two point win with the game's final four points and by blocking a potential game-tying shot as time expired.
Senior forward Scott Ferguson (Roswell, Ga.) paced three double-digit scorers for the Bobcats, tallying 18 points and nine rebounds with three steals. Classmate Tarrence Chatman (Macon, Ga.) put in a season-best 10, while junior guard Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) made all five of his free-throws en route to 11 points off the bench. Freshman Alex Reid (Savannah, Ga.) was just outside the group with nine points on three from long range.
The Bobcats were out-shot 45 percent (21-47) to 39 percent (22-57) but stayed in the ballgame with a 16-8 advantage in turnovers caused as well as an 8-5 lead in offensive boards.
Gospic posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, making 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. Reserve Richard Brown posted 13 points, while Matt Clark added 10.
In a tight ballgame where neither team had a lead more than seven, the game hit the 1:44 mark in a 56-56 tie after a Ferguson free throw. A defensive stand by the Bobcats resulted in a Ferguson steal, setting up a bucket by the senior on the other end for a 58-56 Bobcat lead.
Gospic made a lay-in to tie the game with 41 seconds left, and after a Bobcat miss the Croatian big man was fouled with five seconds left. Gospic knocked down his final two points for a 20-point performance, and blocked the Bobcats' last-second effort to close out the game.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1:30 p.m. traveling to Young Harris College.
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