DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia men's basketball team closed out its four-game home stand with a 2-2 record. The Saints will now hit the road for three straight conference games starting with a trip to Columbus, Ga. where the Saints will look to take on Columbus State University on Thursday, Jan. 31.
Following Thursday's game against the Cougars, North Georgia (11-6, 6-4 PBC) will travel to Montevallo, Ala. where the Saints will rekindle their rivalry with the University of Montevallo on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern standard time.
Entering this week's games, the Saints are currently shooting 46.3% from the field while averaging 84 points per contest.
Ishmael Hollis has seen some extra attention in recent games, but that has not stopped him from averaging 15.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. The starting junior forward has continued to shoot 47% from the field and just under 45% from three-point range.
With the extra attention on Hollis, senior Scott Windom has found some extra room to breathe and that has allowed him to increase his productivity with 14.6 points per game. In the Saints' last four games, Windom averaged 17.0 points per contest while shooting 55% from the field.
Columbus State (9-9, 4-7 PBC) has dropped three of their last five games. They hold a 16-8 advantage in the series over UNG, including having won the last two meetings. The Cougars are currently tied with Clayton State University (8-10, 3-7 PBC) for fourth in the division.
The Cougars, which shoot 42% from the field as a team, are led by Rory Miller who averages 14.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. A senior forward, Miller shoots 48.3% from the field, has started 13 of 16 games he has played in and has five double-doubles on the season.
Winford Ivey is the second leading scorer on the team with an average of 10.8 points per contest while Idell Bell averages 10.4 points and 2.1 three-pointers per game. Ivey leads the team with 5.8 assists per game while Bell shoots 34.3% from three-point range.
Montevallo (13-5, 9-2 PBC), which was the runner-up last season in the NCAA Division II men's basketball championship, shoots close to 50% from the field and 43.9% from three-point range. The last time the Falcons and Saints met, Montevallo was able to leave Dahlonega with a 73-54 victory led by Troran Brown's 26 points.
The Falcons' roster boasts five players who average points in double figures led by Brown's 18.5. This week's PBC Player of the Week, Brown has started all 18 games this season while shooting 50.4% from the field and 47.4% from three-point range. He leads a trio of players who average just over 2.0 three-pointers per game with 2.6 himself.
Behind Brown, starting senior forward Drico Hightower averages 16.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting 63.2% from the field.
Marvin Fitzgerald, Ryan May and Jonas Brown round out the five players averaging double-digit points with 13.4 for Fitzgerald and 10.4 for both May and Jonas Brown.