January 16, 2012

Patriots Pull Away in Overtime, Take Down Saints 98-94

Contact Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – Despite forcing overtime late, the North Georgia men's basketball team dropped their fourth straight game on Monday night at the hands of Francis Marion, 98-94 in Memorial Hall.

Clarence Tillman hit a huge three-pointer with six seconds remaining to force overtime after the Saints trailed nearly the entire second half. North Georgia never led by more than two points in the second half.

The Saints (7-9, 2-3 PBC) simply could not keep up with the scoring of Francis Marion as they put four players in double figures. Every time North Georgia would answer back and tie or take the lead, the Patriots would have the answer within seconds.

Tillman led all scorers with 33 points but it was not enough as North Georgia dropped their fourth consecutive game, third in conference. Tillman also finished with eight rebounds in the contest.

Scott Windom continued his stellar junior campaign, scoring 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds as well. Windom finished four of five from the free throw line.

Despite attempting 18 more shots than the visiting Patriots (9-6, 5-3 PBC), North Georgia only made two more field goals than Francis Marion and also finished with 12 three-pointers opposed to the Patriots' 11.

North Georgia saw Elijah Smith bring his team back to start the second half as he threw down a pair of dunks to spark the crowd. Smith finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Robby Goldsmith played key minutes off the bench for head coach Chris Faulkner, scoring seven points. Goldsmith delivered the unselfish pass to Tillman at the end of regulation giving him an uncontested three-point shot.

It's been the same story for the Saints this season as they now fall below the .500 mark in conference at 2-3. It was the sixth time this season the Saints lost in either overtime or by four points or less.

The road doesn't get any easier for the stumbling Saints as they now prepare to travel to Lander on Wednesday and USC Aiken on Saturday. Tip-off on Wednesday is set for 7:30 PM.

The athletic teams were honored at halftime of the women's game during what has become athlete appreciation night.

The Saints softball team also received their College World Series rings during halftime of the men's game.