February 23, 2008

Saints come up just short to 8th-ranked Jaguars

North Georgia honors four seniors before game

– North Georgia College & State University looked to win their fifth straight game as they took a four-point lead into the break, but fell 90-85 to 8th-ranked Augusta State University Saturday evening in Peach Belt Conference action.

ASU improves to 21-4 on the season and 16-2 in the Peach Belt Conference with the five-point win. AJ Bowman led all scores with 24 points while grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds. Nick Pope led the Saints with 23 points, while Xavier Trice added 21. Both teams had four players in double-digits, and ASU shot 44-percent from the field while North Georgia was close behind at 42-percent.

The Jaguars led by as many as seven points on two different occasions in the first half, but a late run by the Saints and two straight buckets by Andre Morgan gave North Georgia a 37-33 halftime advantage.

Augusta State took the lead less than two minutes into the second half and never trailed again. The Saints found themselves down by 11 points with under two minutes remaining, but a furry of late baskets cut the lead to just four, but time ran out on the Saints who drop their first contest in more than two weeks with the 90-85 loss to the Jaguars.

North Georgia (16-10, 11-8 PBC) will head to Lander University on Wednesday, February 27, for a 7:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference match-up against the Bearcats for the last regular season game of the year.