Strong Second Half Fells Bobcat Men, 77-66
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men's basketball team (7-12, 3-9 PBC) couldn't hold on to a slim 28-27 halftime lead, eventually succumbing to No. 10 University of Montevallo (17-2, 10-2 PBC) 77-66 Wednesday night in the Centennial Center.
Sophomore Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Fla.) split his game-high 22 points evenly between the two halves, hitting 9-of-15 from the floor overall. The 20-point effort was his seventh of the season.
Senior guard Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) added 14 points, with seven assists and five rebounds. Thomas inched his double-digit scoring streak up to 12 in a row. Rounding out the double-digit scorers was Robert Armstrong (Norcross, Ga.) with 10 points and a team-best seven boards. Armstrong scored in double-figures for the first time since Dec. 13.
The Bobcats started hot, hanging with the Peach Belt Conference's (PBC) top-ranked squad. Georgia College went on a 13-1 run starting at the 9:31 mark, capped by a three from Harris for a 28-23 lead with 4:19 remaining in the half. A pair of layups by Orlando Brazier made it 28-27 at the halftime horn.
Montevallo came back with a bang in the second half, knocking down 65 percent of its shots (17-26) to push away from the Bobcats. The Falcon lead first reached double figures 6:51 into the second half, and stayed at 10-plus the rest of the way.
Shykeem Jackson led his squad in scoring with 19 points, knocking down five threes. Larry Slaughter added 16 points, Ryan May 13 and Brazier finished with 11. The third-leading scorer in the PBC, Troran Brown came in averaging 19.1 points per game, and was held in check by the Bobcat defense, hitting 2-of-8 from the floor en route to seven points.
The loss drops Georgia College to 3-9 and seventh place in the PBC West standings. The Bobcats are now two games out of the PBC playoffs in the loss column.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Feb. 8 at 3:30 p.m., hosting Georgia Southwestern State University (16-5, 8-4 PBC). The Hurricanes most recently lost to Young Harris College 80-77 tonight.
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