January 7, 2012

Augusta State Uses Big Second Half to Bounce Saints 73-54

Contact: Steve Cunha, sjcunh2033@northgeorgia.edu

AUGUSTA, GA - The North Georgia men's basketball team dropped their first conference game of the season on Saturday evening, falling 72-53 to Augusta State University at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The loss was the sixth straight for the Saints (7-6, 2-1 PBC) in the all-time series against the Jaguars (6-6, 1-1 PBC). 

It was a tale of two halves for North Georgia as they trailed by just five at the half, but were out scored by 14 over the final 20 minutes of action. Heading into the contest the Saints were outscoring opponents by eight points, while the Jaguars were being outscored by 14 points.

The two teams started the game trading baskets over the first seven and a half minutes of the game as they were deadlocked at 11 apiece. The story early on for the Saints was the superb play of junior transfer Scott Windom who scored 16 of the team's first 18 points. 

North Georgia grabbed their largest lead of the half and the game with just under nine minutes left in the opening half when Pat Moynihan made a pair of free throws to give the Saints the 21-15 lead.

Augusta State responded with a 17-7 run to close out the half capped by a Tye Beal trey to take a 32-27 heading into the break. 

The Saints struggled offensively in the second half not making a field goal until over three minutes had passed when freshman Travis Core buried a three to bring them within a basket, but that as close as North Georgia would come.

The Jaguars responded with a 7-0 run capped by a D'Angelo Boyce layup to stretch their back to double-digits. Augusta State would not look back as they stretched their lead to as many as 24 points while shooting a whopping 56.7 percent from the field. 

Windom led the offensive charge for the Saints, pouring in 18 points while shooting 50 percent from the floor, while Pat Moynihan was the only other North Georgia player in double figures scoring 14 and knocking down five of his seven shots.

Augusta State outscored North Georgia 18-0 in fast break points, and 22-5 in points off turnovers. 

The Jaguars had a balanced offensive attack with four players in double figures. Leading the way was Travis Keels who scored a game-high 21 on 10 of 14 shooting.

The Saints look to rebound when they return to action on Thursday, January 12, when they host Peach Belt Conference foe UNC Pembroke in their first conference home game of the calendar year. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.