DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia men's basketball team made it back-to-back wins on Monday evening, holding on at the buzzer for a 68-64 win over the University of Montevallo in Peach Belt Conference action.
The Saints win back-to-back games for the first time this season, improving to 5-11 overall on the year and 2-5 in the Peach Belt Conference, while the Falcons see their two-game winning streak come to an end, falling to 11-5 overall and 4-3 in the league. The Saints have now won three of their last four against Montevallo and lead the all-time series 8-4.
Seven deadlocks and three lead changes was the story of the first half as neither team led by more than six points in the opening 20 minutes. The Falcons held their largest lead at six points at the 14:30 mark, but North Georgia responded with a 6-0 run to create the second tie of the game at 11-11.
The Saints pulled even on two different occasions before finally taking their first lead of the game as Clarence Tillman completed a three-point play at the 11:31 mark to give North Georgia a 14-13 lead.
The lead changed hands two more times before Keldrick Coleman hit one of two free throws with 37 seconds left in the half, giving the Saints a one-point edge at 30-29 heading to intermission.
The second half proved to be even closer than the first half as the Falcons opened the period on a run, jumping right back out to a five-point lead, but Brody Langston brought the Saints back, drilling a jumper at the 10:32 mark to knot the score for the 10th time in the contest at 41-41.
North Georgia finally started to pull away over the final three minutes, taking a nine point lead at 60-51 with just 2:49 remaining. The Saints stretched to lead to as many as 10 points on a break away slam dunk by Keldrick Coleman with 37 seconds left which appeared to seal the game, but the Falcons were just getting started.
Montevallo continued to foul and hit shots over the final 30 seconds, pulling to within two points with 10 seconds left after three straight made free throws by Miles Beatty, but Carl Taylor had the final answer, recording a steal drawing a foul with one second left, sending the Saints to a four-point victory.
Tillman led all scorers with a game-high 16 points on a 5-for-7 performance from the field, while Taylor followed with 15, and Robby Goldsmith came up big once again, hitting a pair of three-pointers and finishing with 11 points and two rebounds.
The Saints return to action on Wednesday evening, welcoming Flagler College to town for another Peach Belt Conference matchup. Tip-off in the battle of the Saints is set for 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.