February 22, 2012

Saints Fall to Cougars, Postseason Hopes Dashed

Contact Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia's postseason hopes were dashed by Columbus State in overtime on Wednesday night, as the Saints fell 69-67.

After Chaun Tinney gave the Saints a 7-point lead with 3:40 remaining, North Georgia would not score the rest of the game.  The Saints would go 8:40 without scoring a single point, allowing Columbus State to go on a 9-0 run to end the game at the most crucial point.

Despite Scott Windom scoring a career-high 35 points, the Saints will miss the postseason tournament for the second straight year.

Windom converted on seven three-point shots (7-12) and grabbed four rebounds. Windom hit big shot after big shot, but North Georgia went cold at the wrong time.

North Georgia (10-17, 5-11 PBC) did not get enough production from the rest of the rotation, as Windom was the only player in double figures for the Saints.

Victor Holder finished with nine points, providing a spark when needed. Holder also grabbed five rebounds.

The Saints finished with 16 assists, with Chaun Tinney dishing out nine. Travis Core added four assists while knocking down a three-pointer.

Head Coach Chris Faulkner also got 51 points off his bench, compared to just 18 for Columbus State.

The Cougars (14-10, 10-6 PBC) now have hopes of securing the No. 2 seed from the PBC West division.

Columbus State was led by three players finishing in double figures. Steve Peterson led the way with 13 points, while Darius McKnight and Winford Ivey each finished with 12 points.

In the final game of the season for North Georgia, the Saints will travel to Montevallo on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 4:30.