Bobcat Men Start February with Loss at Columbus State, 77-61
COLUMBUS, Ga. –Four double-digit scorers weren't enough, as the Georgia College men's basketball team (7-11, 3-8 PBC) lost 77-61 at Columbus State University (11-7, 5-6 PBC) Saturday.
Back in the starting lineup for the first time in nearly a month, sophomore Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Fla.) responded well to the change with a team-best 17 points and nine rebounds, narrowly missing a double-double.
Achieving his seventh double-dip on the season was junior Larrentis Thomas (McDonough, Ga.) nabbing a game-high 14 rebounds to go with 13 points. Sophomore Ryan Blumenthal (Kennesaw, Ga.) added 13 of his own, while Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) made it made it 11 games in a row with double-digit scoring at 10 points.
Those four double-digit scorers were nearly all the Bobcats had, however, as the final eight points of the game came from reserve guard Alex Reid (Savannah, Ga.). Just five Bobcats reached the scoring column.
Georgia College was out-shot 36 percent (22-62) to 50 percent (30-60) from the field, which really provided the difference in the game.
R.J. Sessions had an impressive second half with 23 of his 26 points, helping the Cougars close out the win. Sessions made 4-for-6 from long range, and was aided by 15 from DeAngelo Kirkland, 11 of which also came in the second half.
The team's leading scorer Kenney Funkerburk, was held to just nine points, despite entering the contest on a 15.9 scoring average, ranking eighth in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC).
The loss gives Columbus State another point in the "Battle for the Pickle Barrel" rivalry challenge, sponsored by the Pickle Barrel Café and Sports Pub. CSU now owns a 7-1 advantage in the second season of the "Battle".
Georgia College falls to 3-8 in conference play, sitting in sixth place in the PBC West Division. The top four in the division advance to the PBC Tournament in March.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. hosting No. 12 University of Montevallo (16-2, 9-2 PBC). The Falcons most recently beat the University of North Georgia 101-94 tonight in overtime.
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