February 7, 2012

Falcons Soar Past Saints 78-61 in Peach Belt Action

Contact Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – The struggles continued for North Georgia on Tuesday night, as they fell to Montevallo 78-61 in Peach Belt Conference action.

The Saints (8-15, 3-9 PBC) got behind early and never caught their stride against the Falcons.

It's been a familiar story for North Georgia over the past few weeks, as they have now lost 10 of their last 11 games. The loss to the Falcons gives Montevallo the PBC West lead while keeping the Saints in a tie for last place against Georgia Southwestern.

North Georgia went down by 10 midway through the first half, then entered halftime down by 20 points at 42-22. The Saints would get as close as 11 points in the second half, before Montevallo would eventually put them away.

Clarence Tillman finished with 18 points as the senior was 5-for-8 from the three-point line. Tillman also finished with six rebounds.

The team's leading scorer Scott Windom finished with 11 points while battling foul trouble all evening.

Montevallo (17-6, 8-4 PBC) wins back-to-back conference games for the first time since January 7, when the defeated UNC Pembroke.

D.J. Rivera led the Falcons with 20 points and six rebounds. Rivera also had three steals.

The Falcons somehow managed to have as many offensive rebounds as they did defensive rebounds at 21, clearly a factor in their 17-point victory.

Marvin Fitzgerald was a key reason for that result as he grabbed eight offensive rebounds himself and 11 total. Fitzgerald also finished with 17 points.

Trailing by three games for the fourth seed in the western division, the Saints are going to have to essentially win out or receive a lot of help if they're going to make the trip to Columbus for the 2012 PBC Conference Tournament.

North Georgia pursues that chance on Saturday when they host Clayton State. The Saints knocked off the Lakers earlier this season and will need to do the same to have any chance. Tip-off is set for 3:30 PM.