Highlanders Pull Out 61-57 Win At East Georgia State

Tristan Harper's 13 points led eight Highlanders in scoring as Gordon State took the four-point road win at East Georgia State on Wednesday night. (Photo by Village Photography)
Tristan Harper's 13 points led eight Highlanders in scoring as Gordon State took the four-point road win at East Georgia State on Wednesday night. (Photo by Village Photography)

SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Tristan Harper (Columbus, Ga. / Columbus HS) scored a team-high 13 points and Eleik Bowles (Savannah, Ga. / Sol C. Johnson HS) added 10 to lead Gordon State College to a 61-57 comeback win over East Georgia State College in Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA Region 17) in men's basketball here on Wednesday night.

Eight different players scored in the game as the Highlanders erased a three-point halftime deficit (30-27) to get the four-point road win and improve to 9-13 overall and 7-5 in the GCAA.

GSC, which won its third game in a row and seventh out of the last 10, currently sits in fifth place in the nine-team standings with the 7-5 mark with Albany Tech in fourth at 8-4 and Andrew College in sixth at 5-6.

D.J. Brittan (Atlanta, Ga. / SW DeKalb HS) added nine points, Caleb Towns (Loganville, Ga. / Loganville Christian Academy) had eight points, nine rebounds and three assists while Shamarie Mcleod (Snellville, Ga. /  Shiloh HS) and JT Mumber (Rome, Ga. / Darlington School) each had seven points and six rebounds for the Highlanders.

GSC shot just 39.7 percent from the field, but hit seven three-pointers, and was 8 of 14 (57.1 percent) from the free throw line.

Once again, GSC played another close game as Wednesday's win marked the 15th time this season the Highlanders have played a game decided by seven points or less. GSC is 6-9 in those games. 

GSC is back on the hardwood again this Saturday as the Highlanders travel to Macon to take on Central Georgia Tech in a 1 p.m. contest.

CGTC defeated GSC 49-46 back on January 15 in Barnesville.

The Gordon State College Department of Athletics is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA).  Gordon State College competes in NJCAA Division I in the sports of Women's Soccer (Fall), Men's Basketball (Fall/Spring), Softball (Spring) and Baseball (Spring).  Gordon State College is located in Barnesville, Ga., approximately 60 miles south of Atlanta and 35 miles northwest of Macon.  Gordon State College offers both two-year and four-year degree programs and believes that our Athletics program provides student-athletes with the opportunity to be successful academically, athletically and in life after their time as a Highlander.  You can follow GSC Athletics at www.gscathletics.com, on Facebook (@GordonStateCollege #GSCHighlandersForward), on Twitter (@GordonState) and Instagram (gordon_state).