MORROW, Ga. – Georgia College men's basketball (8-14, 4-11 PBC) out-scored Clayton State University (9-13, 5-10 PBC) by six in the second half on the road, but it wasn't enough to overcome a first-half hole as the Bobcats lost Monday, 77-66.
Senior Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) netted 23 points, his fifth 20-point game this season, to lead the Bobcats. Royal Thomas has scored in double-digits in the last 15 games. The senior was 7-for-11 from the floor and 9-of-12 from the free-throw line, powering the second-half charge with 18 points after the break.
Sophomore Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Fla.) had 15 points and eight boards, while senior Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) chipped in with 13 points, his most since Jan. 25 at Young Harris College. Junior Larrentis Thomas (McDonough, Ga.) flirted with a double-double at eight points and 10 rebounds.
The Bobcats were out-rebounded 41-31, but nearly overcame that by causing twice as many turnovers as they gave up (12-6).
Charles Shedrick led all scorers with 24 points, including four threes. Omari Murray and Sirdarius Henry added 16 points each, the former grabbing 11 rebounds for a double-double. Craig Wong also scored 11 points.
The loss puts the Bobcats at 4-11 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, positioned seventh in the PBC West. Georgia College is two games back from the final playoff spot with four games remaining on the schedule.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m., playing host to Clayton State.
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