Highlanders Hold On For Big Win Over Albany Tech

Tristan Harper led the GSC scoring in the win over Albany Tech.
Tristan Harper led the GSC scoring in the win over Albany Tech.

BARNESVILLE, Ga. -- After watching a 19-point halftime lead dwindled down to two with under a minute to play in Wednesday night's game with Albany Tech, Gordon State College hit five of six free throws down the stretch to hold on for a 61-57 win over the Titans in Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA Region 17) action.

GSC (7-13 overall, 5-5 GCAA) led 41-22 at the half, but Albany Tech came charging back and pulled to within two at 56-54 on two free throws from Jacquez Fountain with 31.3 seconds to go.

GSC got a free throw from Nate Lee (Sharpsburg, Ga. / Northgate HS) to push the advantage back to three at 57-54.

Following a Albany Tech turnover, JT Mumber (Rome, Ga. / Darlington School) drained a pair of free throws to increase the lead to 59-54 with 24.4 seconds remaining.

But Albany Tech (14-9, 7-3) wouldn't go away as Fountain nailed a three-pointer to cut it to 59-57 with 13.6 seconds left.

Fountain led all scorers with 24 points.

After the Titans fouled again, Eleik Bowles (Savannah, Ga. / Sol C. Johnson HS) stepped to the line and knocked down two free throws with 12.3 seconds remaining to secure the Highlanders' victory.

Tristan Harper (Columbus, Ga. / Columbus HS) led GSC with 14 points as four Highlanders scored in double-figures.

Bowles added 13 points, four rebounds and four assists while Lee had 11 points and five rebounds. 

Shamarie Mcleod (Snellville, Ga. / Shiloh HS) had 11 points and seven rebounds for GSC. 

Mumber added eight points and a team-high 12 rebounds for the Highlanders. 

With Wednesday's four-point win, GSC has a remarkable 13 games decided by seven points or less this season -- including the last six contests as the Highlanders have gone 3-3. 

GSC is back at the Student Activity & Recreation Center for its fifth straight home game on Saturday as Southern Crescent Tech comes in for a 1 p.m. tipoff.  GSC defeated SCTC 74-62 back on January 8 in Griffin.