November 28, 2012

Saints Cruise to 108-81 Road Victory Over Truett-McConnell

CLEVELAND, Ga. – North Georgia College & State University shot 56.2% from the field and had four players finish with double-digit point totals as the Saints cruised to a 108-81 road victory over NAIA institution Truett-McConnell College Wednesday night.

The win improves the Saints to 4-2 for the season and the 27-point margin is the largest victory for North Georgia since a 105-78 victory over Mars Hill College last season on Nov. 12, 2011.

North Georgia hit on 41 of their 73 looks from the field and sank 13 shots from three-point range (48.1%).

Lamar Richardson and Ishmael Hollis led the scoring for the Saints as both logged 23 points, but Hollis was more efficient from the field as he went 10-15 with a trio of three-pointers to go along with eight rebounds and a pair of blocks. Richardson led all players with six treys and added six assists.

Scott Windom went 7-12 from the field as he finished with 17 points and Taylor Metzger came off the bench to score 12 points off a 4-6 performance. Chris Tanzy just missed out on a double-double as he scored nine points and matched that point total with nine assists.

While his team lost the game, Anthoney Dorsey was nearly unstopable in the first half of play as he scored 23 of his game-high 30 points in the opening stanza. He went 9-19 from the field including 4-8 from three-point range while his team went 26-67 (38.8%) from the field.

Andretti Loyd and Brandon Joiner both had double-digit point outings for the Bears that saw Loyd score 18 points and Joiner 15.

North Georgia never trailed in the contest and opened things up with a 15-4 run through the first five minutes of play.

The Bears did close within three points when Dorsey hit a three-ball with 7:18 remaining in the opening half, but that was as close as Truett-McConnell could come as the Saints closed out the first half with a 57-41 lead.

Truett-McConnell scored the first four points of the second half, but it was not enough to spur a come back as North Georgia continued to roll. Hollis had just eight points off a 4-8 shooting performance in the opening 20 minutes but turned up the heat in the second stanza as he went 6-7 in the second half for 15 points.

North Georgia will remain on the road for three more games including their final out of conference contest next Saturday, Dec. 8. The Saints will travel to Gaffney, S.C. where they will take on Limestone College in a 4:00 p.m. contest before diving into Peach Belt Conference play the following week.