November 19, 2012

Saints to Continue Out of Conference Schedule with Trojans and Crusaders

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State University men's basketball team is off to a solid start as they sit 3-0 heading into this week's two games against the Anderson University Trojans and Belmont Abbey College's Crusaders. The Saints will start their week off by traveling to Anderson, S.C. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 for a 7:00 p.m. game before hosting the Crusaders on Saturday, Nov. 24 in a 4:00 p.m. contest.

North Georgia is 3-2 all-time against Anderson and is 0-2 against Belmont Abbey. Heading into Saturday's home game against Belmont Abbey, the Saints are 21-5 at home against out of conference opponents since joining the NCAA Division II ranks.

Through the first three games, North Georgia is shooting 49.5% from the field including 42.6% from three-point range and the Saints have our-rebounded their opponents 127-103 so far.

Junior transfer Ishmael Hollis has led the Saints through the first three games of the season with 24.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. He also has six steals and three blocks on the season while shooting 55.3% from the field. He leads the team with 13 three-pointers.

Fellow transfers Lamar Richardson and JC Ward are also making a splash as they have also averaged double-digit point totals through the first three games while Chris Tanzy averages 8.0 assists per game. Richardson currently averages 13.0 points per contest while Ward has been good for 10.0 points per game thus far.

Highlighting the returners for the Saints is Scott Windom who averages 15.0 points per game and 7.7 rebounds. The 2012 All-Peach Belt Conference selection has started just one game so far for North Georgia but is averaging 25 minutes per outing.

The Trojans of Anderson are 1-1 on the season after defeating the No. 11 University of Montevallo Falcons 69-65 this past Saturday, but lost their season-opener 87-72 to Erskine College.

The Trojans are shooting 45.8% from the field  led by Denzail Jones' 21.0 points per game and 44.8% shooting performance. Just behind him, Chandler Hash averages 13.5 while CJ Gleaton leads the team with 11 rebounds and six assists.

The Crusaders of Belmont Abbey are currently 3-1 but have a game against Tusculum College coming up on Wednesday, Nov. 21 before meeting the Saints in Dahlonega on Saturday.

The Crusaders have shot 47.5% from the field through their first four games while their opponents are hitting on just .419 of their looks from the field.

Belmont Abbey is led by Tyshawn Good's 21.8 points per game as well as Terrone Sheffrey's 13.3, Jay council's 11.5. Darryl Durham averages 8.8 rebounds for the season and has three blocks to lead the team.