GREENWOOD, S.C. – Senior forward Scott Ferguson (Roswell, Ga.) had 26 points, including three crucial late threes to seal a win for Georgia College men's basketball (9-16, 5-13 PBC) 56-54 at Lander University (8-17, 3-15 PBC) Thursday.
With the Bobcats trailing 49-44 at the 5:10 mark in the second half, Ferguson hit three-point shots on three consecutive possessions. When the dust settled, Georgia College had a 53-51 advantage with 3:29 remaining.
The remainder of the contest became a free-throw battle, the Bobcats out-lasting the Bearcats to the finish. With the Bobcats down one and 26 seconds left, David Wagner (Dallas, Ga.) got a steal that eventually turned into two free throws for Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) and a 55-54 lead.
Lander missed a three that would've given them a two-point advantage and the Bobcats hit another free throw for the 56-54 final.
Ferguson was 5-for-8 from three point range, including the three straight down the stretch. He also had nine rebounds, pacing the Bobcats in that category.
"I knew we needed points quick," said Ferguson. "By the time I put up the third shot, I was feeling it."
Senior Tarrence Chatman (Macon, Ga.) and Thomas had eight points each.
The Bobcats held Lander to just 32 percent (17-53) shooting, but hit just 28 percent (16-57) themselves. Georgia College hit five more threes (7-2) to help get the slight edge.
Jareal Smith had 15 points for Lander, followed by a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double from Scott Elder.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m., hosting Armstrong (14-11, 10-8 PBC) for Senior Day. The Pirates most recently beat Francis Marion University 94-88 Monday.
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