The No. 24 Georgia College men's basketball team (12-2, 4-1 PBC) came from behind to beat USC Aiken (9-5, 3-1 PBC) 71-65 in the Centennial Center Wednesday night. The Bobcats are the first team in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) to beat the Pacers this year.
The Bobcats trailed by as much as nine in the first half. Georgia College clawed back into the game, finally taking its first lead at 40-38 with 13:56 left in the second frame on a Chris Parks (Buford) layup. Parks finished with six points and six boards.
Junior Wesley Simpson (DeLand, Florida/Union Grove HS [Ga.]) led the Bobcats with a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double, his first this season. He added five assists.
Senior Jordan Thomas (Conyers) had a double-dip of his own, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds, his second this season. Thomas also reached double-digits in scoring for the 100th time in his career. Freshman Luke Chism (Dawsonville) joined the duo with 10 points and a pair of blocks.
The Bobcats were out-shot 42% to 38% from the floor, but cleaned up on the glass 44-35. GC had a 25-17 advantage in second-chance points and closed the game at the free-throw line, going 13-for-19 over the final two minutes.
The win helps GC run its home record to 5-0 this season.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 15 at 3:30 p.m., playing host to the University of North Georgia.