Saints Record 93-85 Win to Defeat Limestone for First Time in Series History
GAFFNEY, S.C. – The North Georgia College & State University men's basketball team entered Saturday night's game with Limestone College having never beaten the home Saints in five games of the series between the two programs. Behind a nearly 50% shooting performance from the field, North Georgia defeated Limestone 93-85 inside Timken Arena to close out their non-conference schedule.
The win gives North Georgia a 5-2 record heading into next weekend's Peach Belt Conference opener with Armstrong Atlantic State University. The loss broke a four-game winning streak for Limestone which moves to 4-2 for the year despite recording a better shooting perfentage from the field.
Both teams shot around 50% from the field in the game, but it was North Georgia's three-point shooting that gave the visiting Saints the edge. Limestone went 35-68 (.515) from the field including 9-21 (.429) from three-point range while North Georgia finished the night 32-65 (.492) from the field and 12-22 (.545) from beyond the arc.
After Limestone led for much of the first half, Taylor Metzger gave North Georgia its first lead of the game off a layup to break a 25-25 tie with 7:36 remaining in the opening stanza. Limestone was able to knot the score three more times but was unable to regain the lead prior to the halftime buzzer.
North Georgia took a 41-36 lead into the locker room and has now led at the intermission six times this season. The Saints boast a 5-1 record in those games.
Out of the halftime break, JC Ward extended the North Georgia lead with a jumper, but Limestone was able to fight back and retake the lead (47-46) off a Mike Barrett layup nearly two minutes later. Limestone retained the lead for nearly 12 minutes in the second half, but North Georgia led when it mattered most.
Scott Windom tied things up with 5:39 remaining with a pair of free throws before one of his three treys gave North Georgia the lead back for good.
Lamar Richardson came on strong late in the game to lead all scorers with 22 points off a 7-10 shooting performance that included hitting five three-pointers. The junior transfer had just five points in the first half of play as North Georgia relied heavily on Chris Tanzy during all forty minutes.
Tanzy had his most complete game of the young season Saturday night as he finished just one assist shy of his first double-double of the season. The junior guard from Marietta, Ga. scored 10 of his 20 points in the each half of play and added four rebounds and a steal to go with his nine assists.
Windom and Travis Core also finished with double-digit point totals of 17 and 11 respectively for North Georgia.
Charles Blue led the way for Limestone, as he has done during the early part of the season, with 21 points off an 8-11 shooting performance while Barrett ended the game with 17 of his own.
North Georgia will now dive into its conference schedule with a pair of tough out of division road contests before the holiday break. The Saints will first head to Savannah, Ga. where they will take on the Pirates of Armstrong Atlantic on Saturday, Dec. 15 and will then travel to St. Augustine, Fla. where Flagler College awaits their own East-West matchup. Both teams are members of the East Division within the PBC while North Georgia is a member of the West.