February 15, 2014

Bobcat Men Edged by Columbus State on Homecoming, 69-65

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College men's basketball (8-13, 4-10 PBC) started strong, but couldn't hold off a low-post barrage from Columbus State University (12-9, 6-8 PBC) in the second half, eventually falling to the Cougars 69-65 Saturday for Homecoming in the Centennial Center.

Sophomore Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Fla.) continued his strong play as of late, leading all scorers with 21 points, his third-straight 20-point game. Harris had 12 at the break, and hit 3-of-4 from long range on the night.

Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) was the lone other Bobcat with double-figure scoring, netting 13 points due in large part to a 7-for-10 effort from the free-throw line.

The Bobcats were out-shot 44 percent (27-62) to 42 percent (24-58) from the floor, and out-rebounded 40-33. Junior Larrentis Thomas (McDonough, Ga.) did everything he could to even up the work on the glass, pulling in 15 rebounds to go with eight points.

Columbus State was led by a trio in Kenney Funderburk, Shane Heyward and DeAngelo Kirkland. Funderburk led the team with 20 points, while Heyward posted a double-double of 17 points and 10 boards, and Kirkland chipped in another 17 points.

The Bobcats led the bench battle 14-10, getting six each from Alex Reid (Savannah, Ga.) and Ryan Blumenthal (Kennesaw, Ga.).

The loss puts Georgia College at 4-10 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, tied for sixth in the PBC West. The Bobcats are just two games out of the final playoff spot in the division, with five games left to go.

The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m., traveling to Clayton State University (8-13, 4-10 PBC). The Lakers most recently lost 75-63 today to No. 9 University of Montevallo.

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