Georgia College drops pair on road


– The Georgia College women and men lost heartbreakers Wednesday night in Dahlonega. The No. 24 Georgia College women's basketball team (11-3, 4-3 PBC) lost an overtime thriller at No. 19 University of North Georgia (12-1, 6-0 PBC), 94-88 Wednesday night at Memorial Hall. The loss snapped the Bobcats' road win streak at five and was the team's second overtime loss in as many games.

"We would have liked to come out of this game with a win," said GC women's head coach Maurice Smith. "I was proud of the way we played in the first half and the second half. We had our chances and opportunities."

Junior Shanteona Keys scored a season-high 29 points to lead the Bobcats. Keys added seven boards and four assists and now needs 40 points to tie No. 13 all-time Allison Barry at 1,096. Keys also moved into No. 7 all-time in free throws going 5-for-5 for a career total of 338.

Junior Enisha Donley scored 22, while senior Brandi McKinney registered 18 and a team-high eight boards. Freshman LaRice Walker had 11 points, five boards, four assists and two blocks in a solid effort.

Georgia College trailed only nine seconds during regulation play and took a 16-point lead into the intermission at 45-31. The Nighthawks opened the first seven minutes of the second half with a 15-8 run that cut the Bobcat lead to seven, but it would take UNG 19:50 of the second half to finally draw even at 76 apiece.

In overtime, McKinney gave the Bobcats their biggest lead with a three at 81-78, but the Nighthawks went on an eight-point run and pulled away for the win.

The Georgia College men lost to North Georgia 92-88 in double overtime.

Sophomore Ryan Blumenthal led the Bobcats with 22 points, hitting four threes and all six of his free-throw attempts. The game was his fifth 20-point effort this season. Sophomore Terrell Harris finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks off the pine.

Senior Royal Thomas added 19 points, seven boards and four assists. Classmate Aaron Robinson posted the first double-double of his career, pairing 11 points with an impressive 10 assists.

The Bobcats out-shot North Georgia 44 percent (32-72) to 36 percent (27-76) from the floor, but were out-rebounded 57-42 including a whopping 23-10 on the offensive glass.

The Bobcat men and women are back in action Monday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m., playing host to GRU Augusta at the Centennial Center.


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