– The North Georgia men’s basketball looked to knock
off the University of Montevallo for the third time this season on
Wednesday evening, but it was not to be as the Falcons never
trailed and held on to defeat the Saints 88-79 in the quarterfinals
of the Peach Belt Conference tournament.
The Saints end the season with a 15-13 record, while the University Montevallo improve to 22-6 on the year and advance the Peach Belt Conference tournament “Final Four” this weekend in the Convocation Center on the campus of USC Aiken. With the win, the Falcons are awarded the top team in the country in Augusta State, a game that will take place on Saturday, March 6, with tip-off slated for 6;00 p.m.
UM opened the game on an 11-4 run and continued to lead from there. The Saints used a 7-0 run midway through the second half to cut the Falcons lead to just two. Three minutes later a three-pointer by North Georgia's Carl Taylor tied the game at 25. With 3:01 left in the half and the Falcons up by two UM went on a 9-2 run to close out the half up 41-32.
The Falcons continued their strong play into the second half as they led the entire period and built their lead to as much as 17 points. The Saints were able to cut the lead to just six with 1:04 to play but the Falcons strong free throw shooting made the difference in the end as the Falcons won 88-79.
The Falcons shot 53.8 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the free throw line, while the Saints were 42.6 percent from the floor and 75.0 percent from the free throw line.
North Georgia was led by another huge performance from Carl Taylor who put up 32 points on 8-15 shooting from long range, while going 11-21 from the field. Keldrick Coleman reached double figures with 13 points on 6-9 shooting, while Bernard Rimmer added 11 points and six rebounds.
The Falcons were led by two big men in the paint as senior Gerald January and junior Cecil Coleman combined for 37 of the Falcons 88 points. January had a team-high 20 points and six rebounds as he was 7-9 from the floor and 6-7 from the free throw line. Coleman had a double-double with 17 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.