– Georgia Southwestern ended the game on an 8-2 run on
Saturday evening to hold off North Georgia College & State
University 63-57 at the Storm Dome in Peach Belt Conference action,
setting up a trio of games to end the regular season next
The Saints drop their fifth contest in their last six tries, falling to 13-11 overall and 8-6 in Peach Belt Conference action, while the Hurricanes improve to 7-18 on the season and 3-12 in the league.
With North Georgia facing a three-point deficit coming up on five minutes to play, Tyler Norman knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the key, deadlocking the score 55-55 with 4:28 to play. The Hurricanes would then clamp down defensively until the buzzer sounded, allowing just one North Georgia bucket down the stretch, while GSW hit a layup and went a perfect 6-6 from the free throw to seal the game.
The second half saw five ties and just one lead change as North Georgia held the largest lead of the second period at 10 points on a Kindall Butler jumper at the 17:59 mark. The Hurricanes regained the lead with 8:35 remaining and never trailed again as their largest lead was the final margin of victory.
North Georgia had a pair of Saints finish in double figures as Bernard Rimmer scored 11 points and added six rebounds, while Reed Buck knocked down two three-pointers and finished with 10 points in 26 minutes of action.
Four Hurricanes recorded double-digit points as Marcus Scot led all scorers with 20 points on a 9-12 performance from the free throw line. Evan Mobley tallied 11 points and eight rebounds, while Sedale McGee-Jones added 14 points.
The Saints shot 40.8 percent from the field, 40 percent from behind the arc, and 55 percent from the free throw line, while the Hurricanes were 35.8 percent from the floor, 47.1 percent from long range, and 81 percent from the charity stripe.
North Georgia returns to action on Monday afternoon, traveling to UNC Pembroke to take on the Braves. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. in the English E. Jones Health and Physical Education Center.