DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia men's basketball team is in the midst of a three-game skid following two road losses to Columbus State University and the University of Montevallo.
The Saints (11-8, 6-6 PBC) will first next the short distance to Young Harris, Ga. to take on Young Harris College on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. before hosting the Cougars of Columbus State on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3:30 p.m.
Entering this week's games, the Saints are shooting 45.9% from the field and averaging 82.5 points per contest.
Ishmael Hollis averages 15.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. The starting junior forward shoots 46.0% from the field and around 40.4% from three-point range.
Senior forward Scott Windom and junior guard Lamar Richardson are the other two Saints players averaging double-digit points. Windom scores 13.9 points per game while Richardson averages 13.4 points to go along with 3.6 three-pointers per game.
When the Saints last met the Cougars of Columbus State, Hollis netted a game-high 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds while freshman Corey Green scored 14 points off a 6-7 effort from the field.
Young Harris (14-5, 9-3 PBC) is currently second in the PBC West and, before a 67-65 loss to Georgia College on Jan. 27, had won nine straight games. Since that loss, they have beaten Montevallo 92-84 and lost to Georgia Southwestern State University 94-82 at home.
The Montain Lions, which shoot 44.1% from the field, are led by three players averaging over 16 points per game including Malcolm Jackson's 19.8 and Frank Adams' 19.4. Jackson is a 43.6% shooter and averages 2.6 three-pointers per game while Adams shoots 48.4% from the field.
Vince Martin is the the third player for Young Harris to average double-digit points with 16.8 per game to go along with 8.1 assists per game. He also shoots 44.8% from the field and 43.0% from three-point range.
The last time North Georgia and Columbus State played, the Cougars (10-10, 5-8 PBC) defeated the Saints 75-61 in Columbus on Thursday, Jan. 31.
The Cougars, which shoot 41.3% from the field and have won three of their last five games, are led by Rory Miller who averages 14.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. A senior forward, Miller shoots 46.9% from the field, has started 15 of 18 games he has played in and has six 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 10.2 points and 2.0 three-pointers per game.
When the two teams last played, all five starters for the Cougars finished in double-digits led by Jermaine Morgan's 16 points and eight rebounds.