November 26, 2012

Weekly Athletics Release 14 – Monday, November 26, 2012

Men’s Basketball (3-2)

Last week (0-2): at Anderson (L, 83-80); vs. Belmont Abbey (L, 81-77)

This week: Away vs. Truett-McConnell (11/28 – 7:30 p.m.)

After starting the season with three-straight wins, the North Georgia College & State University men’s basketball team suffered its first two losses of the season last week as they dropped a pair of close contests to two out of conference teams with a combined record of 7-2. The Saints took both Anderson University (2-1) and Belmont Abbey College (5-1) down to the wire, but were unable to come away with the wins last week.

The Saints started the week off with an 83-80 loss at Anderson on Tuesday, Nov. 20 that saw them give up a 17-point lead at the Abney Center. North Georgia hit on 45.8% (27-59) of their looks from the field while Anderson was slightly better with a 48.2% (27-56) effort. The Saints did out-shoot the Trojans from three-point range with a 14-29 (.483) effort compared to a 4-12 (.333) effort by Anderson.

Lamar Richardson led North Georgia's attack with 23 points as he went 7-11 from the field including knocking down a game-high six three-pointers while Ishmael Hollis continued his hot streak with 16 points and five rebounds.

Denzail Jones led all scorers in the contest with 25 points off a 9-20 effort from the field. The other three Trojans to finish with double-digit point totals were Chandler Hash with 15, Bo Holston with 14 and CJ Gleaton with 12 points.

In Saturday’s 81-77 home loss to Belmont Abbey, four Saints hit double-digits in point totals but it was not enough as the Crusaders claimed a thriller of a game inside Memorial Hall Gymnasium.

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.

For the second game in a row, 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.

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.

North Georgia (3-2) will go on the road for the next four games that starts with a trip to Cleveland, Ga. to take on NAIA school Truett-McConnell College (2-3) on Wednesday, Nov. 28 for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Bears. It will be the Saints only contest of the week. 


Women’s Basketball (1-3)

Last week (0-2): vs. Florida Southern (L, 57-49); at Eckerd (L, 73-45)

This week: Away vs. Lenoir-Rhyne (12/1 – 3:30 p.m., Heritage Bank Holiday Classic)

                   Away vs. Chowan (12/2 – 1:30 p.m., Hertiage Bank Holiday Classic) 

Last week, the North Georgia College & State University women’s basketball team traveled to St. Petersburg, Fla. where it participated in the Eckerd Thanksgiving Classic. The Saints took on Florida Southern College and Eckerd College but fell 57-49 and 73-45 on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24.

This is just the second time since North Georgia joined the NCAA Division II ranks that the Saints will not boast a winning record through the first five games of the season.

In Friday’s loss to the Moccasins of Florida Southern, the Saints led for much of the early going during the first half of play, but ended the contest shooting 30.5% (18-59) from the field while the Moccasins (3-0) hit on 39.3% (22-56) of their attempts. Part of North Georgia's problems included a 20% (4-20) performance from three-point range but the Saints were also unable to win the battle off the glass as Florida Southern out-rebounded North Georgia 38-32.

The Mocs received 21 of their 57 points from players coming off the bench, while the Saints' bench chipped in just nine points.

Junior forward Jaymee Carnes led all scorers with 18 points off a 7-16 shooting performance. She also added seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals to lead North Georgia along with Stephanie Huffman who added 10 points and seven boards.

Florida Southern was led in scoring by Morgan Lamberg's 17 points off an extremely efficient 7-10 shooting performance as she matched Carnes with seven rebounds and a pair of blocks.

Kirstin McIntyre had 10 points for the Mocs, but went just 4-12 from the field.

The Saints’ shooting woes continued into Saturday’s game against the Tritons of Eckerd. North Georgia shot just 22.8% (13-57) from the field while Eckerd shot 46.4% (26-56) from the field and hit eight three-pointers as a team. The Tritons also had every player score at least three points in the 73-45 win.

Liga Vente had a solid night for Eckerd as she led all scorers with 18 points off a 7-13 shooting performance. She also added six rebounds as Annie Armstrong chipped in 12 points of her own.

Carnes was the only player to finish with double-digit points as she finished the contest with 15 points, but the junior from Gainesville, Ga. hit just four of her 19 attempts from the field. She was able to go 7-10 from the charity stripe.

The Saints did start the game with a 6-2 run, but Eckerd responded with an 8-2 run of their own to take the lead and then cruised on from there. The score was 40-21 at half time but the Saints were never able to contest in the second half.

North Georgia will look to turn things around this coming weekend when they take on Lenoir-Rhyne University (2-1) and Chowan University (0-3) in Clayton State’s Heritage Bank Holiday Classic. The Saints will first take on the Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 and will then challenge the Hawks of Chowan at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.