By: Reid Van Woert, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A pair of 20-point nights from both freshman Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) and junior Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) gave Georgia College (11-8, 5-5 PBC) their second-consecutive home win over Georgia Southwestern State University (6-12, 4-7 PBC), 69-59.
An early three by Mitchell-LaFlam, followed by an electrifying alley-oop to freshman Garrick DeBowles (Marietta) set the tone for Georgia College giving them a six-point lead through the first five minutes. GSW was keeping it competitive up until the nine minute-mark when Georgia College went on a nice 17-9 run to close out the half with a 33-25 lead over the Canes.
The Bobcats kept their momentum rolling coming out of the break extending their lead to 15 points just four minutes into the half. Staying consistent in the second half, both Mitchell-LaFlam and Roberts recorded nine and 12 points to go along with their 13 and eight in the first, respectively. With a comfortable lead, the PBC-leading Georgia College defense took over and was able to close it out.
The Canes managed to get within one point of the Bobcats throughout the contest but were never able to take the lead. The defense from the home team allowed GSW to shoot 38.5 percent from the field, right on par with the average they have been holding opponents to all year long.
Mitchell La-Flam ended up finishing the evening one point shy of his career best with 22 points, four rebounds, one assist along with one block. Coming off of three consecutive double-doubles Roberts finished Saturday's contest just two rebounds shy of his fourth straight, tallying 20 points, eight boards, a career high six blocks and one steal. It was a milestone night for Georgia College as a team, tying the school record for number of blocks in a single contest with 11. The last time the Bobcats swatted that many shots was during 1987-88 season against Tennessee Temple University.
Another solid night came from Georgia College sophomore Isaac Thomas (Trion), playing a role in the Bobcats' win picking up 11 boards on three points and three assists.
Georgia College looks to make it three-straight victories when they visit Clayton State University Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
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