November 12, 2011

North Georgia uses second half spurt to run by Mars Hill, 105-78

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DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia won their second game in as many days defeating Mars Hill 105-78 in Memorial Hall on Saturday afternoon.

In a game that was tied at the half, the Saints (2-0) ran away with the home victory outscoring Mars Hill by 27 en route to scoring 105 total points. That amount is the most North Georgia has scored since November of 2009.

Clarence Tillman had another spectacular game, this time going for 36 points to lead his team. Tillman finished with 27 points last night against Brevard and had an even better performance against Mars Hill when his team's back was against the wall.

North Georgia leaned on Tillman with about 12 minutes remaining in the second half and the senior responded. The native of Orange Park, Florida, went on a 9-0 run of his own to bury any hope Mars Hill had. Tillman was also second on the team in rebounding with seven.

Finishing four of seven from the three-point line and six of nine from the charity stripe, Tillman has had a about a good start as you could have to start the year. His two-game average thus far is 31.5 points per game.

The Saints were also led by newcomer Victor Holder, who finished with 21 points. Holder came over from Dean College and in his second start of the season the junior played outstanding for head coach Chris Faulkner.

Freshman Travis Core proved to be a reliable player off the bench for coach Faulkner scoring 17 points shooting seven of 11 from the field.

Elijah Smith was a rebound short of a double-double scoring 11 points and adding nine rebounds. Smith also blocked three shots, denying Mars Hill.

Senior Chaun Tinney added four assists and finished with nine points of his own. Tinney also tallied six rebounds, a significant amount for a point guard.

Mars Hill (0-2) was led by Sammy Emile, who tied Tillman with 36 points to lead all scorers. Emile was a one-man team trying to lead his Lions to a bounce back win after last nights defeat. Emile was also a rebound short of a double-double finishing with nine rebounds total in the game.

North Georgia returns to the court next Tuesday, when they travel to Newberry College. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM.

Montevallo defeated Brevard earlier in the day to give the Peach Belt Conference a clean sweep over the South Atlantic Conference going 4-0.