Last week (1-0): at Limestone (W, 93-85)
This week: Away vs. Armstrong Atlantic – PBC Game (12/15 – 3:30 p.m.)
Away vs. Flalger – PBC Game (12/17 – 7:30 p.m.)
The North Georgia College & State University men's basketball team wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a 93-85 road win Saturday night over Limestone College. The win marked the first time North Georgia has ever beaten Limestone in men’s basketball and has the Saints from Dahlonega heading in the right direction as they prepare for a pair of tough games to start their Peach Belt Conference schedule.
In Saturday’s game, both teams shot around 50% from the field, but it was North Georgia's three-point shooting that gave the visiting Saints the edge. Limestone went 35-68 (.515) from the field including 9-21 (.429) from three-point range while North Georgia finished the night 32-65 (.492) from the field and 12-22 (.545) from beyond the arc.
Despite Limestone leading for much of the first half, North Georgia took a 41-36 lead into the locker room and has now led at the intermission in six of their seven games this season. The Saints boast a 5-1 record in those games.
Out of the halftime break, JC Ward extended the North Georgia lead with a jumper, but Limestone was able to fight back and retake the lead (47-46) off a Mike Barrett layup nearly two minutes later.
Limestone retained the lead for nearly 12 minutes in the second half, but North Georgia led when it mattered most.
Lamar Richardson came on strong late in the game to lead all scorers with 22 points off a 7-10 shooting performance that included hitting five three-pointers. The junior transfer had just five points in the first half of play as North Georgia relied heavily on Chris Tanzy during all forty minutes.
Tanzy had his most complete game of the young season Saturday night as he finished just one assist shy of his first double-double of the season. The junior guard from Marietta, Ga. scored 10 of his 20 points in the each half of play and added four rebounds and a steal to go with his nine assists.
Charles Blue led the way for Limestone, as he has done during the early part of the season, with 21 points off an 8-11 shooting performance while Barrett ended the game with 17 of his own.
North Georgia will now dive into its conference schedule by first heading to Savannah, Ga. where they will take on the Pirates of Armstrong Atlantic on Saturday, Dec. 15. The Saints will then travel to St. Augustine, Fla. where Flagler College awaits their own East-West matchup. Both teams are members of the East Division within the PBC while North Georgia is a member of the West.
Last week (0-1): vs. Carson-Newman (L, 63-46)
This week: Away vs. Armstrong Atlantic – PBC Game (12/15 – 1:30 p.m.)
Away vs. Flalger – PBC Game (12/17 – 5:30 p.m.)
The North Georgia College & State University women's basketball team was unable to enact revenge on Carson-Newman College last Wednesday night as the Eagles led from tipoff until the final buzzer to secure a 63-46 victory over the Saints.
The Saints finished the their final non-conference game shooting just 32.7% (17-52) from the field including just two three-pointers. North Georgia also shot 58.8% (10-17) from the free throw line but did out-rebound the Eagles 39-35.
Jaymee Carnes led the Saints with 16 points and eight rebounds off a 6-19 shooting performance from the floor and 3-6 from the charity stripe. The junior from Gainesville, Ga. also had three blocks and made one of the Saints' two three-pointers.
Stephanie Huffman also finished the contest with double-digit points as she scored 13 off a 4-7 effort from both the floor and free throw line. She had North Georgia's other made three-pointer.
Carson-Newman shot 41.7% (25-60) from the field that included three players finishing with double-digit points led by Jai Jai McLaughlin's 17 points. McLaughlin went 7-10 from the field while Shyra Brown added 11 points and Whitney Moody, who scored the first points of the game, ended the contest with 10 points.
The Saints trailed 33-19 at half time and were unable to overcome the deficit as they committed 21 turnovers compared to just 15 by the Eagles. 21 of Carson-Newman's points came off turnovers including 18 fastbreak points.
The Saint women will now dip into their Peach Belt Conference schedule starting with two final road games in the month of December. North Georgia will first head to Savannah, Ga. on Saturday, Dec. 15 where they will take on Armstrong Atlantic State University in a 1:30 p.m. PBC doubleheader before traveling to St. Augustine, Fla. to take on Flagler College.