By: Reid Van Woert, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College Men's Basketball team (5-4, 0-1 PBC) was defeated 69-64 in their first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) matchup of the season against Armstrong State University (5-3, 1-0 PBC) at the Centennial Center Saturday afternoon.
Huge nights from juniors Brice Booker (Atlanta) and Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) were not enough to overcome an early Bobcat deficit. Booker netted a career-high 23 points with eight boards. The scoring effort by Booker is the highest in a single game by any Bobcat this season.
Mitchell-LaFlam made his mark, recording a career-high 11 assists with four points and four rebounds. The assist total by Mitchell-LaFlam ranks ninth in school history, is the most by Georgia College player since Aaron Robinson recorded 11 against the College of Coastal Georgia Dec. 22, 2013. The last time a Bobcat player had more in a single game was Ty Rowland who put up 12 against Fort Valley State University Nov. 21, 2008.
Armstrong State took control of the game early, starting a 19-3 run just four minutes into the game giving them a 16-point lead with six minutes remaining in the half. The Bobcats were able to limit the damage and cut their first half deficit to 11 heading into the break.
The Bobcats started to find their groove in the second half going on a couple runs to get within two points of the Pirates at the 10-minute mark and again with two minutes remaining. Georgia College outscored ASU 18-9 throughout the first 10 minutes of the second half, cutting the Pirate lead to just two. Armstrong retaliated by extending the advantage back to nine and maintained it until the two-minute mark when the Bobcats once again got within two. Unfortunately, Georgia College was unable to surge past the strong Pirate defense and was handed its first PBC loss of the season.
Sophomore Isaac Thomas (Trion) also had a nice night for the Bobcats just two rebounds shy of a double-double, recording 10 points and eight boards.
The Georgia College Men's squad is back in action at the Centennial Center Monday, Dec. 19 at 3:30 p.m. when they host the Flagler College Saints for another PBC showdown.
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