By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Men's Basketball team (5-2) brought in another win against the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University (0-7), this time on the Bobcats' home court. The Bobcats bested the Tigers 65-56 after a dominating first half and gave Coach Mark Gainous his first career five-win streak.
The victory resulted primarily from the hot start the Bobcats had in the first half. Huge blocks from freshman Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) and a nearly perfect half from point guard Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyna Beach, Florida) put the Bobcats up early. They went into the locker room with a nine-point lead, 30-21.
The Golden Tigers fought back in the second half, but the nine-point deficit proved too large to overcome. Both teams netted 35 points a piece in the second, but the explosive second half from sophomore Chaz Berry (Fayetteville) kept the Bobcats just far enough in the lead to secure the fifth win of the season.
Berry and Mitchell-LaFlam tied for tops on the Bobcat roster, each recording 13 points. Mitchell-LaFlam was perfect for 19 minutes, gaining all 13 points in the first half. Before missing a three-pointer at the end of the first, Mitchell-LaFlam drained three of three from three, a perfect two free throws and an extra layup.
Berry had a slower start with just one point going into the locker room at halftime. But in true Chaz Berry fashion, the forward found holes in the Golden Tigers defense during the second half, going 4-for-7 from the floor and snagging four free points from the foul line.
Junior Brice Booker (Atlanta) remained a force from the bench, reaching double-digits for the fourth time this season. He went home with three assists and three rebounds as well.
With seven games in the books, Georgia College holds onto the best Peach Belt Conference (PBC) defense from points per game allowed and field goal percentage allowed. Thomas is the 10th-best in the PBC for rebounds per game with 7.7, and freshman Austin Dukes (Lawrenceville) stays in fifth in free throw percentage with .867.
The Bobcats play a non-conference match Saturday when they host Albany State University in a men's and women's basketball doubleheader. Tip-off for the men is scheduled for 4 p.m. Georgia College begins conference play after the university's finals week. They'll host Armstrong State University Saturday Dec. 16 at 3:30 p.m.
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