MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Lander men's basketball team fought to overtime for the second time in as many games, but the Bearcats came up short in a 75-64 loss at Georgia College on Saturday afternoon.
Rahu Purdie led the Bearcats with 17 points as the Bearcats placed four players in double figures. Jordan Dingle finished with 13 points, Nicklas Jonsson added 11 and Zane Rankin chipped in 10 on the day.
The Bearcats (6-9, 2-7 PBC) jumped out to a lead 12-5 at 16:19 mark, thanks to Jonsson, who tallied the first seven points of the afternoon for Lander.
Georgia College (8-6, 4-4 PBC) rallied to take its first lead with 2:47 left in the half, 22-21, and held a 25-23 lead at the intermission.
With the score tied at 56-56 with less than a minute to go, a missed jumper from Jordan Thomas gave Lander possession. The Bearcats ran the game clock down to 11 seconds, but Purdie's driving layup in traffic would not fall. Georgia College grabbed the rebound and had a chance to beat the buzzer, but Thomas could not convert a baseline drive in the waning seconds.
Playing their second overtime contest of the week, the Bearcats surrendered a 7-0 run to begin the extra period and could not come back, as the Bobcats iced the game at the free throw line in the final minutes. Four different Bearcats fouled out in the game as Georgia College went 27-of-41 from the charity stripe.
Lander looks to get back in the win column on Monday afternoon as the Bearcats travel to Clayton State for a 3:30 p.m. contest.