BARNESVILLE, Ga. – Gordon State College's men's basketball team had a tough holiday break as the Highlanders lost four times, including twice at the Tallahassee (Fla.) Classic and a pair of games to kick off the new year with Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) play.
GSC lost 65-54 to Pensacola State College (Fla.) on December 28 on the first day of the Tallahassee Classic and returned a day later with an 85-50 defeat at the hands of host Tallahassee Community College (Fla.).
Sophomore Eleik Bowles (Savannah, Ga. / Sol C. Johnson HS) led GSC with 16 points while sophomore D.J. Brittan (Atlanta, Ga. / Southwest DeKalb HS) had 15 points and seven rebounds in the 11-point loss to PSC. Tristan Harper (Columbus, Ga. / Columbus HS) added 13 points for the Highlanders.
Carlos Rosario led PSC with a game-high 20 points.
In the loss to TCC, Harper led the way for GSC with 17 points while Brittan had 13 points for the Highlanders.
Jordan Guest and Josiah Mitchell each had 13 points for TCC.
On January 2, GSC lost 61-56 on the road at South Georgia State College and followed up that game with a 77-74 loss at Albany Technical College on January 4.
With the four losses, GSC stands at 2-10 overall and 0-2 in the GCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association Region 17).
In the five-point loss at South Georgia, GSC was led by Bowles, who had 16 points, five rebounds and two steals. Harper had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Highlanders, who battled back from a 31-20 halftime deficit before falling at the end.
Marquise Jackson led South Georgia with 14 points.
In the three-point defeat at Albany Tech, Bowles once again led GSC with 20 points and added eight rebounds. Harper had 15 points while Caleb Towns (Loganville, Ga. / Loganville Christian Academy) had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds for GSC. Nate Lee (Sharpsburg, Ga. / Northgate HS) added 11 points for the Highlanders, who have lost six games this season by seven points or less.
Viniclus Viana led Albany Tech with a game-high 33 points.
GSC is back in action on January 8 when the Highlanders play at Southern Crescent Tech at 7:30 p.m., following by the first GCAA home game of the season when East Georgia State College comes to Barnesville on January 11 for a 1 p.m. tipoff.