November 19, 2009

Saints Claw Bears 114-88, Stay Perfect on Season

Box Score

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia College & State University men’s basketball team stayed perfect on the season Thursday evening, using balanced scoring to pull away from Truett-McConnell College and sink the Bears 114-88 in non-conference action in Memorial Hall.

North Georgia remains perfect on the season, improving to 2-0 on the young year, while Truett McConnell falls to 2-6 on the season.

With the Bears leading by a point with nine minutes to play in the first period, North Georgia picked up the intensity on defense and Keldrick Coleman converted back-to-back steals and fast break layups to give the Saints the lead. Andrew Bennett followed with a pair free throws and a bucket as North Georgia went on a 10-0 run to take a 35-26.

Truett-McConnell trimmed North Georgia’s lead down to just two with three minutes to play in the opening period, but the Saints rallied down the stretch, knocking down a three-pointer at the buzzer as Michael Moynihan found an open Chase Anderson to give North Georgia a 52-44 advantage at intermission.

North Georgia came out in the second half and jumped all over the Bears, taking an 18-point lead just seven minutes into the half. The Saints led by 30 points on three different occasions before defeating Truett-McConnell by 26 points.

North Georgia finished the game 51-percent from the field, while Truett-McConnell was 54-percent from the floor. The two teams combined for 64 total fouls, and the Bears committed 21 turnovers to the Saints’ 12.

The Bears had a higher free throw, field goal, and three-point percentage, but North Georgia held a 48-24 advantage in rebounds.  The Saints had 50 points in the paint and used 31 second chance to dominate the second half.

The Saints return to action on Saturday evening, traveling to Newberry College for a 4:00 p.m. tip-off. North Georgia returns home Tuesday evening to host Lynn University in non-conference action.