COLUMBUS, Ga. – After not playing for 11 days, the Georgia College men's basketball team (7-2, 7-2 PBC) dug out of an early hole to topple Columbus State University (4-6, 4-6 PBC) 59-49 on the road Wednesday.
The Bobcats stumbled out of the blocks, trailing by as much as 12 in the first half. CSU owned a 22-10 advantage with 6:47 remaining before halftime, and it was there where the Bobcats came alive. A 13-2 run for the remainder of the half brought GC within one, and overtaking the Cougars with a Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) jumper on the first possession of the second half.
The GC men led by double digits just once, as a scrappy CSU squad remained close throughout the second half. The Bobcats hit just enough free-throws down the stretch to keep the Cougars at a distance. The Bobcats have now won six in a row, a streak starting Jan. 16. To find a longer win streak, Bobcat fans would have to go back to the 2009-10 season, where GC took 12 straight.
Roberts finished with a massive 17-point, 17-rebound double-double, his second straight. Senior guard Jordan Thomas (Conyers) added his first career double-double, netting 18 points and adding 11 rebounds. He posted four assists and a pair of steals for good measure. Junior Wesley Simpson (DeLand, Florida/Union Grove HS [Ga.]) added 10 points and eight boards with four assists.
The Bobcat defense held CSU to just 28 percent shooting on the night, including 17 percent from long range. The 49 points allowed was the lowest by the Bobcats this season, and the fewest since Jan. 29, 2017 when GC beat Francis Marion 62-49.
Roberts' 17 points put him at 1,116 in his career, passing Larry Anderson (1975) for 15th in school history. With the two steals, Thomas moves into ninth in school history at 116, passing Terrell Harris (2016).
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m., playing host to Georgia Southwestern State University.