SAVANNAH, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State University men's basketball team recorded its third win in a row Saturday afternoon as the Saints held on to claim a 92-90 victory over Armstrong Atlantic State University in both teams' Peach Belt Conference opener.
The win improves North Georgia to 6-2 overall and gives the Saints a 1-0 record in the conference while the Pirates fall to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in PBC action.
Both teams shot around 45% from the field with the Saints putting together a 44.7% (34-76) performance from led by Ishmael Hollis' game-high 23 points.
The junior transfer played all but five minutes of the game and went 9-17 from the field that included four three-pointers which was also a game-high. The Bufford, Ga. native also brought down seven rebounds and had three blocks.
In total, four other North Georgia players finished with double-digit point totals including starters Corey Green and Travis Core with 12 and 11 points respectively. Scott Windom and Chris Tanzy both came off the bench to score 15 and 13 points each. Tanzy led the team with seven assists and six steals.
Armstrong shot 45.5% (35-77) from the field in the game but only went 5-19 (26.3%) from three-point range.
Aric Miller, who entered the game as one of the best players in NCAA Divisin II during the early part of the season, led the Pirates with 22 points off a 9-22 outing while Eric Eversley finished with a double-double that included 14 points and 11 rebounds. Eversley went 5-8 from the field and was a perfect 3-3 from the charity stripe while all of his 11 rebounds came off the defensive glass.
Darius Morales led all players with six blocked shots.
Just like the final score, the game was extremely close for all 40 minutes with North Georgia taking a 51-44 lead into the locker room at the halftime buzzer.
The Saints were able to stretch their lead out to 10 points at one points in the second half and, despite scoring five fewer points than the Pirates in the second stanza, never trailed after taking a 20-18 lead off one of Hollis' four three-pointers with 11:52 remaining in the opening half of play.
North Georgia will close out the 2012 portion of their season with a 7:30 p.m. game against Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla. on Monday, Dec. 17. The game will be part of basketball doubleheader with the women playing first at 5:30 p.m.