DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Down by as much as 19 points in the second half, the Georgia College men's basketball team (5-2, 5-2 PBC) rallied to win in the waning seconds of the game 76-74 at the University of North Georgia (1-5, 1-4 PBC) Wednesday night.
Tied 74-74 with just under 15 seconds left in the game, the in-bounds went to senior standout Jordan Thomas (Conyers), who made his move around the eight second mark. It was then that he found junior guard Wesley Simpson (DeLand, Florida/Union Grove HS [Ga.]) on the left post, and after a drop step and fake, Simpson knocked down a go-ahead layup with 2.9 ticks remaining. The ensuing in-bounds was swiped by senior Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) and the big man held on for the win.
The Bobcats trailed 60-41 with 12:03 to go in the second half. Georgia College then went on a 13-4 run, including a pair of threes from Thomas. The Bobcats finally tied the contest for the first time at 70-70 when junior Chapin Rierson (Calhoun) knocked down a three pointer off a pass from Simpson at 3:37 remaining. The teams proceeded to trade buckets to tie at 74-74 with 1:13 to go, setting up the late heroics. The Bobcat win streak moves to four in a row, matching last season's longest.
Thomas led the Bobcats with 20 points, hitting four threes. It was the senior's third 20-point game this season. He was flanked by 16 points and five boards from Roberts off the bench, as well as an 11-point effort from freshman Luke Chism (Dawsonville), a new career-high. Rierson would finish with eight points, Simpson with nine.
The Bobcats needed a strong 39-28 rebounding advantage to mount the comeback, as North Georgia shot 48 percent from the field and hit nine threes. Thomas netted 13 of his 20 in the second half, as Roberts added 12 of his 16 points to fuel the second-half charge.
GC men's hoops is back in action Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m., playing host to USC Aiken. No spectators are allowed at the Centennial Center, follow the live broadcast at GCBobcats.com.