MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Charged with the tall order of taking down the top two teams in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) in the same week, the Georgia College men's basketball (7-9, 3-6 PBC) upset bid fell short to No. 13 USC Aiken (16-2, 8-0 PBC), 91-70 Wednesday at the Centennial Center.
The Bobcats jumped out hot, leading for the first 15:59 of the game. Their lead reached as high as nine on three different occasions, including 16-7 on a Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) free throw with 10:21 left.
The Pacers then went on a 30-10 run that nearly took them to halftime. After getting its first lead at the 3:11 mark left in the first half, USCA would never surrender the advantage.
Georgia College was led by 21 points from senior Royal Thomas, his fourth 20-point game this season. Classmate Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) added 14 points and three assists running the offense, matching his season high in scoring.
Robinson's three assists give him 258 in his career, passing Shejdie Childs (2005-07) into eighth place all-time at Georgia College. Next up is seventh place, owned by Bryan Harrison (2004-06) at 280 assists. Robinson now ranks fourth in the NCAA era of basketball at Georgia College.
A three-point barrage is part of what did in the Bobcats, as the Pacers hit 13-of-26 (.500) from long range. USCA also owned a commanding 39-18 lead on rebounding, including 11-3 on the offensive glass.
USCA put six individuals in double-digit scoring, led by Ronald Zimmerman, who made seven threes for 21 points. Point guard DeVonte Wright had 16 points with nine assists for a near double-double, while Santoine Butler scored 14 off the pine.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 25 at 3:30 p.m. traveling to Young Harris College (10-5, 4-4 PBC). Georgia College will look for a sweep in the season's action with the Mountain Lions, owning an 81-78 victory at home Jan. 11.
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