Georgia College Men Drop Double-Overtime Battle, 92-88
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Georgia College men's basketball team (6-8, 2-5 PBC) wouldn't go down easy Wednesday night at the University North Georgia (6-6, 3-3 PBC) eventually falling 92-88 in double overtime. The game marks two overtime contests this year for the Bobcats, the first a loss in triple overtime against Albany State University.
Sophomore Ryan Blumenthal (Kennesaw, Ga.) led the Bobcats with 22 points, hitting four threes and all six of his free-throw attempts. The game was his fifth 20-point effort this season. Sophomore Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Fla.) finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks off the pine.
Senior Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) added 19 points, seven boards and four assists. Classmate Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) posted the first double-double of his career, pairing 11 points with an impressive 10 assists.
Georgia College started hot, not giving up the lead until there was 3:10 left in the first half. The pesky Bobcat cagers wouldn't let the Nighthawks pull away at any point after halftime; keeping the game within double digits. The Bobcats' Harris scored five total points on consecutive possessions with less than two minutes left, getting Georgia College a brief two-point lead that was quickly evened out by the final score of regulation.
Harris had more heroics planned for the first overtime session, drilling a three with seven seconds left to tie the game again at 79-79.
In the second overtime, it was freshman Matt Polyne (Marietta, Ga.) who hit a big three late, cutting a UNG advantage down to a one-possession game at 90-88 with 39 seconds left. The Bobcats got a steal on the next Nighthawk possession, but a big block by Shaquan Cantrell thwarted a game-tying attempt. After another Georgia College miss and subsequent North Georgia rebound, the Nighthawks iced the game with two free throws to put it out of reach. Polyne would finish with those three points.
The Bobcats out-shot North Georgia 44 percent (32-72) to 36 percent (27-76) from the floor, but were out-rebounded 57-42 including a whopping 23-10 on the offensive glass.
Corey Green led UNG with an impressive 17-point, 16-rebound double-double, flanked by Michael Varrichione at 11 points and 10 boards. Ishmael Hollis was the Peach Belt Conference's (PBC) leading scorer coming into tonight's action at 21.5 points per game, ranking second in rebounding at 10.5, but was held in check by the suffocating Bobcat defense, scoring just eight points and pulling in three rebounds.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m., playing host to GRU Augusta (13-2, 6-0 PBC) at the Centennial Center. The Jaguars will play at North Georgia before coming to Milledgeville Monday.
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