GC loses third homecoming game in a row
The Georgia College men’s basketball team fought a competitive homecoming game against Georgia Southwestern State University, but lost 72-80 Saturday evening, breaking their two-game win streak on Feb. 21.
The Bobcats won the tip and quickly put four points on the board to start the game with a positive atmosphere. The fans rallied with enthusiasm when GC tied the game 38-38 at the end of the first half, promising a compelling finish.
The men battled for a tight game, neither team taking control until the final 13 minutes of the game when Georgia Southwestern took the lead for good. With 10 minutes remaining, the Bobcats gave up an uncontested seven-point run to the Hurricanes, allowing them to take control of the game.
The hopes of a close game were slowly dying when an open lane violation was called with two minutes to spare. This got the fans back in the game, and the Bobcats were able to shorten the gap to a five-point lead.
“We played hard,” said junior guard Ryan Blumenthal. “We just couldn’t get defensive stops when we needed to.”
This was visible in the 14 second-chance shots Georgia Southwestern had in comparison to GC’s four. Even though Georgia Southwestern only had a slightly higher 3-point percentage, they still attempted eight more shots from behind the arc.
Both teams fought hard, finishing exhausted. Overall, Georgia College shot 26-54 from the field. Redshirt junior guard Terrell Harris lead the team with 23 points and junior guard Dwight Anderson was close behind with 16. Senior forward Larrentis Thomas led the Bobcats with eight rebounds.
GC lost again on Feb. 25, falling 83-65 to Lander on senior night. GC finished the season 9-19 and will not make the playoffs.