Bobcat Men Take Defensive Battle from Clayton State, 66-61
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Every bucket was hard-fought Wednesday, as the Georgia College men's basketball team (9-14, 5-11 PBC) edged Clayton State University (9-14, 5-11 PBC) 66-61 in the Centennial Center.
Sophomore guard Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Fla.) tallied 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds, leading all scorers. Sixteen of Harris' points came in the second half, including both of his threes.
Picking up his eighth double-double of the season was junior Larrentis Thomas (McDonough, Ga.) ripping down 13 rebounds to go with 10 points. Senior Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) hit 6-of-9 from the floor to finish with 14 points to round out the double-digit scorers. Royal Thomas has now hit for double-figures in each of the last 16 games.
Senior guard Aaron Robinson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) failed to make a shot from the field, but scored three points from the free-throw line and added a game-high seven assists. Robinson moved past Darrell Flowers (1989-92) into sixth place in Georgia College history with 290 assists. Robinson now ranks third in the NCAA era of basketball at Georgia College.
Laker guard Kelsey Terry made good on a lay-in with 31 seconds remaining to cut the Bobcat lead to one at 60-59. Needing to foul, they nabbed Robinson, a 61 percent free-throw shooter. Robinson made both clutch tosses to stretch the lead back to three.
On the defensive end, the Bobcats forced a miss, Harris grabbed the rebound and hit one of two to push the advantage to a two-possession game with just 14 seconds left. Georgia College continued to stay ahead of the Lakers by hitting three of four free-throw attempts to close the final seconds.
Terry finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, sharing the team lead in scoring with Omari Murray. Forward Charles Shedrick helped out with 14 points and nine rebounds.
The win makes Georgia College 5-11 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, tied for sixth in the West Division. The Bobcats are two games behind the final playoff spot in the division with three games left on the schedule.
The Bobcats will next travel to No. 16 University of Montevallo Saturday, Feb. 22 at 4:30 p.m.
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