February 16, 2008

Saints hit road and down Braves 72-60

North Georgia wins second straight

- North Georgia College & State University’s Nick Pope connected on 7-of-10 three-point field goals, scoring 23 points on Saturday afternoon as the Saints defeated UNC Pembroke 72-60 in Peach Belt Conference men’s basketball action at the English E. Jones Center

Not to be outdone by his teammate, Xavier Trice scored 20 point for the Saints on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor. Andre Morgan chipped in an additional 11 points to the Saints’ total with Jakirra Millsap tallying 11 assists for North Georgia.

UNCP (7-16, 2-14 PBC) was led on offense by Demarcus Lyday who finished the game with a season-high 17 points. Cortez Brown scored in double figures for the Braves notching 12 points while Jonathan Hart added 10 of his own for Pembroke. Jarrell Hunter pulled down a game-high eight rebounds (seven defensive).

As a team North Georgia converted 13-of-22 trey’s on the day, scoring only 12 points in the paint compared to 22 for UNCP. However the Braves could not match the Saints’ offensive output from behind the three-point arc going 3-9 in the game.

North Georgia jumped out to an early 8-4 lead with 16:22 left in the opening frame, but neither team would score a bucket for the next four minutes. The Saints would eventually pull away leading by as much as nine points on two occasions but the Braves were able to pull within four with 35 seconds left. However, Pope would drain a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left to give North Georgia a 33-26 halftime lead.

Pope would open the second half with another trey and North Georgia would extend its lead to 10. The Saints would lead by as many as 14 in the second half but the Braves would pull it back to within single digits 11 different times including pulling to within 8 points with 3:12 to play. Nevertheless the Saints would keep themselves at arms length of the Braves for the rest of the game winning eventually, 72-60.

North Georgia shot 52.4 percent from the floor while also shooting 59.1 percent from behind the arc. The Braves finished the game shooting 48.8 percent from the floor on 21-43 shooting but only shot 33.3 percent on 3-pointers.

North Georgia (14-9, 9-7 PBC)  will be back in action on Monday, February 18, hosting in-state and PBC rival Georgia Southwestern at 7:30 p.m.