MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – Georgia College opened Monday's night (Jan. 9) Peach Belt Conference contest with a 14-2 run and the home-standing Bobcats rode that fast start to a 62-46 victory over Francis Marion University in men's basketball action.
The Patriots (5-8, 1-4) now continue their two-game PBC road swing with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at USC Aiken on Wednesday. FMU will play host to the University of North Georgia on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Junior guard Detrek Browning connected on 6-of-10 shots to lead FMU with 16 points, while also grabbing seven rebounds. During the game, Browning passed former Patriot great John Schantz to move into 13th place on the program's career scoring list with 1,310 points.
FMU junior forward Judah Alexander recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds, while senior center Nigel Holley tallied 10 points and nine rebounds, both season highs for the East Tennessee State University transfer.
Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam led the Bobcats (9-5, 3-2) with 11 points, while Brice Booker scored 10.
After falling behind 14-2, FMU rallied to within 15-6 after two free throws by Alexander. The margin expanded to 32-14 and the Bobcats eventually carried a 34-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.
A three-pointer by Patriot junior Warren Specht to open the second stanza trimmed the deficit to 34-25, but Georgia College responded by scoring six straight points to go up 40-25. The advantage was 13 (45-32) with 11:57 remaining, but a 6-0 spurt by FMU – capped by two Alexander free throws – cut the lead to 45-38 with 10:35 left. However, that would be as close as the Patriots would get.
FMU shot 30.4 percent from the floor, including 4-of-14 from three-point range, and was 8-of-15 at the foul line. Georgia College connected on 40.7 percent of its field goal attempts, including 5-of-15 from beyond the arc, and was 9-of-13 at the charity stripe.