January 3, 2013

Men’s Basketball to Open 2013 with “Family Day” Against Georgia College

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State University men's basketball team is off to one of its best starts in recent memory and has a chance to continue that success on Saturday, Jan. 5. The Saints will open the 2013 portion of their 2012-13 season with a 3:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference game against Georgia College.

The game against the Bobcats is being dubbed "Family Day" as families will be admitted into the game for $10 while single tickets will remain the normal prices. There will also be fun games at both half time of the women's and men's game and everybody in attendance will receive free popcorn.

North Georgia enters Saturday afternoon's game on a four-game winning streak with a 7-2 record overall and 2-0 mark in conference action. The 7-2 record through the first two months of the season is the best start for the program since the 2008-09 squad went 6-1 heading into January.

The Saints are also leading the Peach Belt Conference West Division standings for the first time since the conference went to a two division format. They share the top spot with Georgia Southwestern University while last year's National Tournament finalist the University of Montevallo sits sixth of the seven teams in the division with a 5-4 record overall and 1-1 PBC mark.

Through the month of December, the Saints shot 48.8% overall and 40.9% from three-point range, both improvements from a year ago, and that has them out-scoring their opponents 92.3-85.7.

Junior Ishmael Hollis leads a quartet of players who average double-digit points with Hollis' leading the squad at 18.9 per outing. Hollis' point average has him currently third in the league while his 8.2 rebounds per game is good enough for eighth overall in the conference. The 6-8 post from Buford, Ga. shoots 49.2% from the field and is second on the team with 28 three-pointers for the season. He shoots 47.5% from beyond the three-point arc, seventh in the league.

Fellow junior transfer Lamar Richardson is next in scoring with 14.4 points per outing while returning senior Scott Windom averages 14.3 per outing. Richardson leads the team and is second in the league with 3.8 three-pointers per game while Windom, an All-PBC selection a season ago, is second on the team with 6.1 rebounds per game.

Chris Tanzy is the final player of the quartet with 10.1 points per outing off the bench and leads the league with 7.6 assists per outing while freshman Corey Green's 71.8% shooting average leads the league.

The Bobcats of Georgia College will play the University of North Carolina Pembroke at home on Thursday, Jan. 3 before traveling to Dahlonega to take on the Saints on Saturday for a West Division showdown. Georgia College (5-4, 1-1 PBC), which enters Saturday night trailing North Georgia 28-33 in the all-time record, is 3-3 away from its home court and lost to Georgia Southwestern in their conference opener and then bounced back with a win over Francis Marion.

As a team, Georgia College shoots 44.1% from the field and 36.1% from three-point range to aveage 70.3 points per game compared to 68.7 points per outing by their opposition.

Scott Ferguson leads the way for Georgia College with 13.6 points per outing and a 49.4% shooting performance from the field. He also leads the squad with 7.8 rebounds per game under the basket while Nate Hamilton leads the team with 27 three-pointers on the season to average 12.1 points per outing. 

Quinn Bivins typically comes off the bench and has added 17 three-pointers while David Wagner has started all nine games for the Bobcats and has 10 blocks.