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.