GC Men’s Basketball Celebrates 2017 with a 55-52 Win over Erskine

GC Men’s Basketball Celebrates 2017 with a 55-52 Win over Erskine

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By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant

DUE WEST, S.C. – Georgia College Men's Basketball (7-4) got their fourth road win of the season to round out the 2016 calendar year. The Bobcats traveled to South Carolina for a New Year's Eve non-conference match-up with the Erskine College Flying Fleet (6-7). The Blue and Green combined for 55 points and stopped the Fleet at 52 for a New Year victory.

The Bobcats controlled the ballgame early, holding the lead for all but two and a half minutes of regulation. Georgia College dominated in field goal shooting, netting 44.4 percent of the shots taken compared to Erskine's 31.6 percent. The men also took control of the ball off the boards. The Bobcats walked away with 42 rebounds compared to 33 from the Fleet.

Many Bobcats had strong scoring games, making the 55 points pretty evenly dispersed among the roster. But freshman Garrick DeBowles (Marietta, Georgia) topped the Bobcats with 11 points, marking just his second double-digit scoring game of his young career. Sophomore Chaz Berry (Fayetteville, Georgia) followed suit and gave the Bobcats nine points off the bench. The point guards Austin Dukes (Lawrenceville, Georgia) and Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyna Beach, Florida) had the third-best scoring with eight points a piece. 

Junior Brice Booker (Atlanta, Georgia) wowed the crowd with 12 rebounds, just one short of tying his career-best. Sophomore Isaac Thomas (Trion, Georgia) also had a strong night, grabbing nine boards.

The Bobcats will hit the road again for the first game of 2017. They head to USC Aiken Wednesday, Jan. 4 as the GC men look for their second conference win. Georgia College will be back home on Monday, Jan. 9 as they host Francis Marion University at 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Center.

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