February 15, 2012

Saints Postseason Hopes Dwindle with Loss at Georgia College

Contact: Steve Cunha, sjcunh2033@northgeorgia.edu

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA - The road woes continued for the North Georgia men's basketball team as they dropped their sixth straight Peach Belt Conference road game on Wednesday night, falling 75-70 to Georgia College at the Centennial Center.

The loss all but eliminates the Saints (9-16, 4-10) from the Peach Belt Conference tournament berth, while Georgia College (15-8, 8-6) clinched a tournament berth with the win. 

North Georgia needs to win their final three conference games against Georgia Southwestern, Columbus State and Montevallo and they need Clayton State to lose their three remaining PBC games.

The Bobcats got off to a quick start, scoring on three of their first four possessions to jump out to an early 7-2 lead over the first two minutes of the opening half. 

North Georgia battled back to knot the game at seven two minutes later when Travis Core knocked down a jumper. Over the next few minutes the two squads would trade baskets before the Saints would go on a 5-0 run capped by a Scott Windom trey with just under eight minutes remaining in the opening half.

The four-point advantage would be the largest for the Saints in the first half and the entire game. Over the remainder of the opening the half the teams would again trade baskets before Jared Holmes closed out the scoring with a layup to give the Bobcats a 31-28 lead heading into the break. 

Georgia College came out gunning in the second half, going on an 8-0 run while scoring on their first four possessions, while holding the Saints scoreless over the first three minutes.

North Georgia would cut the Bobcats lead to just three when Windom made a pair of free throws with under five and a half minutes left to play, but Georgia College would respond with a 6-0 run to stretch their lead back to nine and the Saints would not recover. 

The stops wouldn't come for the Saints down the stretch and for every basket they scored Georgia College answered, hitting 11 of their 12 free throws down the stretch.

Offensively the Saints had four of their five starters score in double figures and Chaun Tinney led the way, scoring a 14 points and dishing out four assists on six of nine shooting. 

Mike Augustine scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds to lead a balanced Bobcats offensive attack that saw four of their five starters scoring in double figures.

The Saints return to the hardwood and look to keep their tournament hopes alive on Saturday when they host Georgia Southwestern. 

North Georgia seniors Clarence Tillman, Chaun Tinney, Elijah Smith, Cody Coleman and Erekle Jgerenaia will be honored on Saturday as they play in their second to last home contest as a member of the Saints.