Long distance shots spoil GCSU upset bid, Bobcats fall 91-90

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (GC ATHLETICS) – The Georgia College men’s basketball team (8-7, 2-4 PBC) fell victim to an outstanding run of three-point shooting from Columbus State University (11-2, 5-1 PBC) in a 91-90 loss in the Centennial Center Saturday.

Georgia College led by as many as 18 points in the second half, but an amazing stretch from long-range cut the gap quickly for the Cougars. CSU went 9-for-11 for 82 percent from three-point distance in the second half, including makes in their final five three-point attempts over the final 6:36.

Despite the shooting display, the Bobcats had a chance at a win in the waning seconds. Down six with 2:12 remaining, Ryan Blumenthal (Kennesaw) hit at three to cut the lead in half. After a CSU turnover, Rio McMillian (Park Forest, Illinois) hit a pair of free throws with 50 seconds left for a one-point game at 91-90. McMillian finished with six points.

Another turnover by the Cougars resulted in a missed go-ahead attempt with 14 ticks left for Georgia College, and after a missed CSU free-throw gave the Bobcats a second chance, a game winner rattled out as time expired.

Junior Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Florida) scored a team-best 29 points, his sixth 20-point game this season. Senior Larrentis Thomas (McDonough) added an 11-point, 10 rebound double-double, his eighth of the year.

Blumenthal hit for 18 points, including 13 in the first half. The junior went 4-for-9 from behind the arc. Classmate Dwight Anderson (Minneapolis, Minnesota) added 11 points and a team-best five assists.

The Bobcats were out-shot 56 percent (32-57) to 42 percent (33-78) from the floor, but nabbed a 16-6 advantage in turnovers-caused and a 19-10 lead in offensive boards.

Kenney Funderburk scored a career-best 31 points, including 10-of-17 from the floor. Shane Heyward tallied 17 points, BJ Battle 15 and Shreven Keaton—younger brother of former Bobcat great Shaun Keaton (2006-09)—added 14.

The loss marks the fourth one-point defeat for Bobcat men’s basketball this season.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m., playing host to Clayton State University.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 310 Tucker Sargent joined the 41NBC news team in April 2012. He hails from "The Great State of Alabama," as he calls it, but you won't catch him saying "Roll Tide!" Tucker grew up near Auburn, before moving to north Alabama. He graduated from Danville High School in 2007 and loves to return to the Tennessee Valley any chance he gets. He moved back south to Troy, Alabama after high school, where he graduated from Troy University in 2011 with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism. He interned in Huntsville at WAAY-TV before joining 41NBC. His passion is sports, and his favorite teams are the Auburn Tigers and Troy Trojans. On the weekends you can catch Tucker watching college football on Saturdays and NASCAR on Sundays! He's proud to call middle Georgia home for now and could always use a story idea from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch with him!