MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In a game that went right down to the wire, the Georgia College men's basketball team (7-10, 3-7 PBC) edged the top team in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) in Young Harris College (13-4, 8-2 PBC) 67-65 Sunday at the Centennial Center.
YHC had its chances. A three-point basket by Malcom Jackson, the second leading scorer in the PBC, with 32 seconds left brought it to a one-possession game with Georgia College up 67-65. After a Bobcat turnover, the Mountain Lions led another fast break, and off a miss, a simple put-back would have tied the game.
Junior guard Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) skied to swat the wide-open, potentially game-tying layup, then scrambled for the rebound with nine seconds left. After another Young Harris foul resulted in a missed free-throw for the Bobcats, YHC's last-ditch three for the win went offline thanks to solid pressure from Thomas once again as time expired.
Senior Scott Ferguson (Roswell, Ga.) led all scorers with 19 points to go with 12 rebounds, the forward's fourth double-double this season. Classmate Nate Hamilton (Snellville, Ga.) had 12 points, including three long-range bombs.
Freshman forward Robert Armstrong (Norcross, Ga.) had the best game of his young career, tallying 10 points and nine rebounds for a near double-double of his own, both career highs. Point guard Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) added 10 points and a career-best seven assists, without committing a single turnover.
The Bobcats out-shot the Mountain Lions 44 percent (27-62) to 33 percent (20-61), but YHC made two more three-pointers (6-4) and 10 more free-throws (19-9) to keep the game close.
Georgia College dominated the bench points 22-5 and held a 38-18 lead in points in the paint. The Mountain Lions never led as Georgia College controlled the pace to snap a six-game slide.
Tony Raymond led Young Harris with 18 points, including 8-for-11 from the line. Frank Adams chipped in 16 points, while Jackson had a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double. Vince Martin rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11.
The Bobcats are back in action Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m., traveling to Clayton State University for more PBC Divisional action.
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