By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Four Bobcats snagged more than 10 points each as the Georgia College Men's Basketball team (13-9, 7-6 PBC) got its seventh Peach Belt Conference (PBC) win Monday night. The Bobcats' PBC-topping defense held the Columbus State University Cougars (16-6, 9-6 PBC) to just 64 points, moving the Bobcats just two wins behind first place in the PBC West.
In the first half, Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) was already well on his way to a double-digit scoring game, netting nine points before halftime. The Bobcats out-shot the Cougars, making 46 percent of their shots from the floor compared to the Cougars' heavily-defended 41 percent. The Bobcats went into the lockerroom with a 33-33 tie on the scoreboard.
The second half proved even better for the home team. They made an even 50 percent of field goals and a pleasant 33 percent past the arc. The half was neck-and-neck until the Bobcats finally took a six-point lead with 2:30 left on the clock. After the Bobcats struggled to knock down free throws down the stretch, Columbus State had the ball with 20 seconds left, down by just one. The Cougars came close to draining a leaning attempt, and a tip back, but a defensive board from Isaac Thomas (Trion) secured the Bobcats' upset and seventh conference victory.
Thomas led the Blue and Green for the second consecutive game with 13 points. He also took away six rebounds.
Brice Booker (Atlanta) came in next with his best conference game of the season. He had 12 points and topped the roster with seven boards. He also stole away five turnovers, his career-best.
Mitchell-LaFlam and Garrick DeBowles (Marietta) also sailed into the double-digit realm. DML snagged 11 points and added eight assists, while DeBowles went for 10 points.
The win puts Georgia College at 7-6 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, good for fourth in the West Division, but tied in the loss column with the two-team tie at the top.
The Bobcats hit the road again Wednesday for a tough one against the PBC West's leader, the University of Montevallo, and then the Cats return home for Senior Night Saturday, Feb. 11 when they host Young Harris College. Scheduled tip in the Centennial Center Saturday is 3:30 p.m.
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