February 4, 2012

Road Woes Continue as Saints Fall at Columbus State

Contact: Steve Cunha, sjcunh2033@northgeorgia.edu

COLUMBUS, GA - The North Georgia men's basketball continued their Jekyll and Hyde play on Saturday evening falling 73-63 to Columbus State at the Lumpkin Center. 

The loss was the third straight in conference play for the Saints (8-14, 3-8 PBC) who haven't won on the road in over a month.

The win was the third straight for the Cougars (12-8, 7-4 PBC) who improved their home record to 8-2 on the season. 

The two squads traded buckets to start the game, with Scott Windom giving the Saints their only lead of the game when he made a jumper to open the contest. Windom continued to impress as he scored nine of the team's first 12 points.

Windom connected on a trey off a nice dish from freshman Travis Core with 13:38 remaining in the opening half to pull the Saints to within one, but the Cougars would hold North Georgia scoreless over the next three minutes to stretch their lead to nine before Robby Goldsmith made a jumper with just over 10 minutes remaining. 

The Saints would cut the deficit to just six when Victor Holder hit a jumper with under seven minutes left to play, but once again North Georgia struggled offensively and Columbus State would close the first half on a 17-6 run to take a 42-25 advantage into the intermission.

North Georgia clawed their way back into the game cutting, the lead to 10 when Chaun Tinney hit a jumper halfway through the second half. 

A minute later the Saints we able to cut the lead to single digits when Holder made a pair of free throws making the score 56-48 and after the teams traded baskets on the next several possessions Pat Moynihan would breathe life into his squad when he buried a trey to pull the Saints within two baskets.

North Georgia played the next few minutes inspired, pulling to within a basket when Windom converted and old fashioned three point play with three and a half minutes remaining. 

The Cougars would pull away down the stretch thanks in part to a pair of three's from Jarmarquis Steverson.

Once again it was a tale of two halves for the Saints who shot 31 percent from the floor in the first half and 42 percent in the second half. North Georgia has struggled to play a complete game during their three game slide. 

Windom led the Saints offensively scoring 16 points and adding three boards, while Holder tallied 11 in his second straight start.

Elijah Smith added eight points and six boards off the bench, while Core and Goldsmith each scored seven. 

The Cougars had a balanced offensive attack with four of their five starters scoring in double figures.  Steverson scored a game-high 21 points and Paul Darkwa scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds.

The Saints return to action on Tuesday, February 7, when they host PBC leading scorer DJ Rivera and the Montevallo Falcons. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. as North Georgia's Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) will be hosting a "Blue Out" in Memorial Hall.