February 20, 2008

Saints steal 76-70 road win at Clayton State

North Georgia sets school record for most PBC wins

MORROW, GA – North Georgia College & State University staked themselves to a 19-point lead early in the second half and held on for a 76-70 win at Clayton State University Wednesday evening in Peach Belt Conference action.

Clayton State (12-12, 8-9) had a furious comeback late in the game, pulling to within four points in the final minute, but Xavier Trice sank three free-throws in the final eight seconds to give North Georgia their fourth straight win. The Saints would not record a single field goal in the final 8:15, but 11 free throws was enough to hang on for the victory.

With the win, the Saints capture their first 11 win season in conference play since entering the Peach Belt in 2004-05. In their inaugural season, North Georgia recorded 10 wins, but with a season sweep over Clayton State, the Saints eclipse that mark and will look for win number 12 and a season sweep over 8th-ranked Augusta State University Saturday afternoon.

North Georgia started the second half on a 21-6 run to built its lead to 18 points. Nick Pope drained a 3-point basket, followed by two straight layups by Anthony Rowe to increase the Saint lead to 48-38 with 15:13 remaining. Andre Morgan then hit two straight 3-point baskets to give North Georgia a 56-38 lead at the 13:09 mark.

The Saints’ largest lead of the game was 19 points 63-44 on a Trice 3-point basket with 10:31 remaining.

North Georgia was led by Andre Morgan who scored 21 points on 8-8 shooting from the foul line, and 3-6 from behind the arc. Anthony Rowe had another big game against the Lakers, going 6-9 from the field for 15 points.

Clayton State was led by Bernard Fields with 15, while Ricky Garrett chipped in 12.

North Georgia (16-9, 11-7 PBC) returns to action on Saturday, February 23, at 4:00 pm as the Saints welcome 8th-ranked Augusta State University to Memorial Hall for Senior Day 2008.