February 11, 2012

Saints Keep Postseason Hopes Alive with Win Over Clayton State

Contact Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – The men's basketball team improved their postseason hopes by taking down Clayton State for the second time this season, 74-62 , Saturday evening in Memorial Hall.

North Georgia (9-15, 4-9 PBC) was three games back of the fourth spot in the PBC West Division entering today; they dropped that number to just two after knocking off the Lakers for the second time this season. The Saints now hold the tiebreaker over Clayton State, an advantage for head coach Chris Faulkner's team down the stretch of this season.

The game was back and forth most of the way, until the Saints made a run with stellar defense and quality possessions down the stretch to seal the win.

The Saints won just their second game in their last 12, but still have a legitimate-but-difficult chance at the PBC Tournament in Columbus. With a win over the Lakers, the Saints put themselves in an opportune position to make that happen.

Part of the reason for the North Georgia turnaround was due in part to four Saints' in double figures. Clarence Tillman, Scott Windom, Travis Core and Elijah Smith all finished with 10-plus points.

Tillman led all scorers with 20 points, going 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Tillman also finished with eight rebounds.

In Scott Windom's only game off the bench, he finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. Windom hit a huge three-pointer late in the game to dash the hopes of the visiting Lakers.

Poor three-point shooting plagued Clayton State (14-8, 6-7 PBC), as they finished just 22.6 percent (7-31) from the outside.

The Lakers were led by Teondre Williams, who finished with 18 points. Tony Dukes added 12 points and six rebounds.

The Saints will look to get an even better chance at the postseason when they travel to Georgia College on Wednesday. North Georgia knocked off the Bobcats in overtime earlier this year. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM.