Brian Fobbs of the Genesee Community College men's basketball team broke a tie game at 84 points with a buzzer-beating three to propel the Cougars to an 87-84 win over host Niagara County Community College Jan. 24.
In the team's 18th game of the season, Fobbs entered the contest needing just 19 points to join Genesee's elite 1,000-point club and finished with 29 for a career total of 1,010 and counting. The sophomore has been particularly sharp as of late averaging 30 points in his last seven contests and currently leads all National Junior College Athletic Association D-II scorers with a 26.1 average as of Jan. 24.
Fobbs now has 470 points this season and ranks 12th in Cougar all-time scoring. The sophomore needs 21 more points to leapfrog over two other scorers and into 10th overall all-time, and is 466 points away from tying Ervin Mitchell - the all-time leader with 1,476 points from 2013-15.
Fobbs amassed 540 points in his freshman year through 32 games with a single 30-point performance. This season he has hit 30 points or better in four of his last seven games. To date, Fobbs has scored 20 or more points 27 times in 50 career games as a Cougar and has scored double-digits in 48 of those 50. This season his lowest total is 16 and he has a single-game high of 36, while netting 20 or more points in 17 of 18 games. Fobbs also leads all rebounders nationally with a 13.2 average as the Cougars continue to appear in the national polls for the second week in a row.
Against Niagara, Fobbs finished with eight rebounds, two assists and one steal while going 3-for-5 from three-point land that included the game-winning bucket. Rahmel Thompson finished behind Fobbs with 20 points, eight rebounds, and a pair of assists and steals. Brandon Peters got 12 of his 14 points by going 12-for-14 at the free-throw line, while adding a team-high six assists to round out Genesee's top players.
The Cougars had a tremendous first half and built an 11-point lead heading into the intermission at 39-28, but had to hold off a Thunderwolves second-half attack that produced 56 points.
Genesee continues WNYAC action when it next hosts Erie Community College on Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. The game is available for viewing at: https://www.genesee.edu/home/event-streaming/streaming-channel-2/