November 24, 2012

Saints’ Drop Thriller 81-77 to Belmont Abbey

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Four Saints hit double-digits in point totals for the North Georgia College & State University men's basketball team, but it was not enough as Belmont Abbey College (5-1) claimed a thriller of a game 81-77 over the Saints (3-2) inside Memorial Hall Gymnasium Saturday evening.

North Georgia was extremely solid from the field, hitting on 41.4% (29-70) of their looks, but the Crusaders were more efficient as they knocked down 54.2% (32-59) of their attempts overall. The Saints were only 28.1% (9-32) from three-point range while Belmont Abbey was able to go 8-14 (57.1%) from beyond the arc.

Lamar Richardson led the Saints with 16 points off four three-pointers while fellow guard Chris Tanzy added 13 points of his own including three treys.

Ishmael Hollis and Scott Windom rounded out the top scoring for North Georgia with 12 points each. The tandem of forwards also led the starters with six rebounds each while Victor Holder came off the bench to corral in nine boards.

Tyshawn Good led all scorers with 29 points off an efficient 11-17 performance from the field. He was 5-7 from three-point range and added four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Terrone Sheffey added 14 points and Chris Davis contributed 12 points of his own.

The two teams matched up extremely well on the hardwood as the largest lead of the night was Belmont Abbey's 10-point lead (16-6) off a Tyshawn layup with 15:12 remaining in the first half.

But from there, North Georgia was able to regroup and, with 5:23 remaining in the opening stanza, Windom handed North Georgia a 30-29 lead off a jumper.

The two entered intermission tied at 40, but the Saints opened the second stanza with a 10-2 run before Belmont Abbey was able to regain its composure.

The Crusaders tied things back up at 59-all just seven minutes into the game and for the next seven minutes the two traded the lead back and forth, but Belmont Abbey was able to take the lead back for good with just over five minutes remaining when Jay Council made a layup.

North Georgia will now embark on a four-game road trek to close out the 2012 portion of the season starting with a Wednesday, Nov. 28 game at Treutt-McConnell. Tipoff is schedule for 7:30 p.m.