GREENWOOD, SC – North Georgia put up
furious comeback in the final minutes, but Lander University held
on for an 85-79 victory over the Saints Monday evening in Horne
Arena in Peach Belt Conference action.
North Georgia falls to to 10-8 on the year and 4-8 in the conference, while Lander improved to 9-9 overall and 5-7 in the Peach Belt.
Lander used a jumper with two seconds remaining in the first half to head into intermission with a 40-35 lead. The Bearcats led by as many as 10 points in the opening half before North Georgia used a 7-0 run to get right back in the game.
The Bearcats came out in the second half and scored two straight buckets to go up by nine at 44-35. North Georgia battled the entire second half, and after finding themelves down 14 points with 2:35 remaining, went on a run that saw them knock down five three-pointers in the final 1:47 and pull to within six points which turned out to be the final margin of victory for Lander.
LaBrian Lyons led three North Georgia players in double figures as he led all scorers with 25 points on 9-14 shooting. Andre Morgan followed with 12 points, and Xavier Trice added 11.
The Lander Bearcats were paced by Houston Wright who tallied 18 points and eight rebounds, while Brenton Harris added a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
North Georgia lost the game on the boards all night as Lander finished with a 52-30 advantage, including pulling down 25 offensive rebounds.
The Saints will look to get back on track on Wednesday evening as they travel to GCSU with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.