January 12, 2012

Free Throws Prove Costly in Loss to UNC Pembroke

Contact Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – The Saints saw four players from UNC Pembroke score in double figures and fell to the Braves 83-79 in Peach Belt Conference action Thursday night in Memorial Hall. 

North Georgia (7-7, 2-2 PBC) shot just 62.2 percent (28-45) from the free throw line as they saw a total of 49 total fouls called in the game.

The physicality was taken out of the game early when the foul count started to rack up for both teams. Only one player fouled out after all the calls were made. 

That player was Elijah Smith who finished with seven points and seven rebounds.

The Saints were led once again by Scott Windom who finished with a game-high 25 points and five rebounds. Windom finished with 18 points on Saturday against Augusta State. 

While North Georgia attempted 45 free throws to UNC Pembroke's 30, the Saints left points at the free throw line and it turned out to cost them late.

Clarence Tillman finished with nine points after being held scoreless at Augusta State on Saturday. The senior was in foul trouble early and often against the visiting Braves and failed to really get in any kind of rhythm.

The only player in double figures off the bench for North Georgia was freshman Travis Core. Core finished with 10 points but missed a critical layup that would have cut the lead to one point with 20 seconds remaining. 

After suffering a hand injury this past weekend, senior point guard Chaun Tinney played most of the game while tallying five assists to go with his five steals. Tinney also scored 10 points, well above his season average of five.

UNC Pembroke (11-5, 5-1 PBC) led nearly the entire game and outscored the Saints in the paint, 40-24. 

The Braves saw five players finish in double figures, with Marcus Heath leading the way with 18 points.

North Georgia returns to action this Saturday when they look to avenge their earlier season loss to Young Harris. The Mountain Lions come to Dahlonega for a non-conference 3:00 PM tip-off.