MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Getting 21 second-half points from sophomore Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Fla.) including 13 in the final 10 minutes, the Georgia College men's basketball team (8-12, 4-9 PBC) toppled Georgia Southwestern State University (17-6, 9-5 PBC) 72-64 Saturday in the Centennial Center.
Harris took the team on his shoulders late, hitting 10-of-14 from the field overall to finish with 25 points. He added seven rebounds and a pair of assists; Harris has eight games of 20-plus points this season.
Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) added 17 points to the fray, including 9-of-10 from the line. The senior guard has now scored in double-digits for each of the last 13 games. Rounding out Georgia College's double-digit scorers was Ryan Blumenthal (Kennesaw, Ga.) hitting all 12 of his points in the second half.
The Bobcats out-scored GSW 50-33 in the second half, including a 27-15 run early in the second half over a nearly eight-minute stretch. Georgia College took its first second-half lead on a Blumenthal layup with 5:43 left than grabbed it for good on the team's next possession with a pair of Royal Thomas free-throws.
Senior point guard Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) had nine points, seven assists and five rebounds in a boxscore-filling effort. Robinson now has 278 career assists, and is two shy of Bryan Harrison (2004-06) and seventh place in the Bobcat recordbooks.
The Bobcats out-shot the Hurricanes 48 percent (26-54) to 41 percent (22-54) from the floor and owned a 36-30 rebounding advantage. Georgia College hit all five of its threes in the second half.
Kevin Burnell came off the pine to lead GSW in scoring with 19 points. Daryl Davis added 17 from his post spot, to go with nine boards. The Bobcats continued their run of holding the opponent's leading scorer in check, as Alan Arnett was handcuffed to just 1-for-8 shooting and four points after coming into the contest fourth in the league at 16.7 per game. The four points was his lowest output of the season.
The win puts GC men's basketball at 4-9 in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) positioned seventh in the PBC West. The Bobcats are just one game behind in the loss column for the final conference playoff spot.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m., traveling to Clayton State University (8-11, 4-8 PBC). The Lakers most recently lost to No. 10 University of Montevallo 73-71 today.
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