MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Men's Basketball team (9-6, 3-3 PBC) lost a tough battle against top Peach Belt Conference (PBC) competitor Augusta University (12-3, 5-2 PBC), 64-58. Bobcat point guard Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) not only had his fourth-consecutive night of double-digit scoring, but he also helped shut down star Jaguar Keshun Sherrill to eight points. The Jag averaged a PBC-leading 25.1 points per game prior to Saturday night.
The Bobcats grabbed an early lead, maintaining that strength for 12 minutes of the first. The men went into halftime seven points down, holding the Jags to an under-par 35 points.
Georgia College tied up the match after four minutes of second-half play. The 38-all scoreboard came thanks to a huge dunk from Garrick DeBowles (Marietta) followed by an extra foul shot for No. 5. The lead then juggled back and forth, the Bobcats eventually leading by three midway through the half. The Jags offense took the reins again, accelerating the score to a tough 58-48 with five minutes left. The Bobcat defense held Augusta and eventually tied the game again, courtesy of two free throws from Mitchell-LaFlam. Augusta answered quickly with a successful three-point shot, and the Bobcats didn't have enough time to overcome the deficit.
For the fourth consecutive game, point guard Mitchell-LaFlam led the Bobcats in scoring. His 13-point games topped two other Bobcats with double-digit scores. Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) came in second with 11 points, and DeBowles followed with 10.
Isaac Thomas (Trion) grabbed the most boards for the Bobcats. His seven rebounds added to the team's 27 total.
Next up, the Bobcats hit the road for a rivalry match-up with Columbus State University Wednesday, Jan. 18. The men will be back in the Centennial Center next Saturday, Jan. 21, as they host the University of Montevallo at 3:30 p.m.
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