Georgia College men’s basketball falls in season finale

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (GC ATHLETICS) – Georgia College men’s basketball (9-19, 3-16 PBC) hit a cold stretch mid-way through the second half Wednesday contributing to an 83-65 loss to Lander University (19-8, 11-8 PBC) on Senior Day at the Centennial Center.

The Bobcats’ lone senior, Alex Reid (Savannah), made the most of his final game in a Georgia College uniform, netting a career-high 12 points while knocking down four threes. Junior Dwight Anderson (Minneapolis, Minnesota) led the Bobcats with 16 points, adding five rebounds and three assists.

Classmate Ryan Blumenthal (Kennesaw) made three from long range and yanked down a team-best six rebounds with four assists. Junior guard Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Florida) added all 11 of Georgia College’s bench points.

Lander scored the first point on a free-throw, then Georgia College responded with an Anderson three to take their first lead. The Bobcats held the advantage for 16 minutes in the first half. A Ricardo Martin layup with 36 seconds remaining gave Lander a 39-36 lead at the half.

The Bobcats battled and actually snagged a second-half lead as late as 14:03 remaining, when Reid knocked down his final three, giving Georgia College a 52-50 lead. Lander responded with a 26-3 run over nearly nine minutes, pushing the game out of reach for the Bobcats.

Georgia College had its best performance of the season from outside, going 12-for-30 (.400) as a club, but were out-done in rebounding 51-31 and made free-throws (25-7).

Forward Rio McMillian (Park Forest, Illinois) blocked three more shots tonight, bringing his season total to 56. The number ranks third in Georgia College’s single-season history, and McMillian is already tied for the No. 10 spot in the school’s career blocks totals, despite playing just the single season.

The season has come to a close for GC men’s basketball, finishing with a 9-19 overall record. The Bobcats will look to re-group in 2014-15, retaining three double-digit average scorers in Harris, Anderson and Blumenthal.

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