MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The University of North Georgia men's basketball team got back to their winning ways and completed the season sweep over Georgia College Thursday night as the Saints went on the road to defeat the Bobcats 67-57 in Centennial Arena.
The Saints (9-4, 4-2 PBC) broke a two-game losing skid while pushing the Bobcats' (6-8, 2-5 PBC) skid to four games which dates back to Jan. 5 82-63 loss at North Georgia.
The Saints shot 45.3% (24-53) from the field including making a solid 13 of their 30 three-pointers, including four by Ishmael Hollis. Hollis scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half and, despite only scoring two points in the second stanza, still led the Saints in scoring. He also finished the night with six rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
Guards Lamar Richardson and Taylor Metzger were just behind Hollis as the duo each drained three treys. Richardson finished with 13 points and five rebounds while Metzger finished the contest with 11 points off a 3-4 outing from beyond the arc.
The Bobcats ended the 40-minute contest shooting 36.8% (21-57) from the field but only managed to hit five three-pointers. Three of those three-pointers came from Alex Reid who went 3-7 from three-point range.
Scott Ferguson led all players with 17 points off a 7-18 effort. He scored 11 of the Bobcats' first 15 points in the game and also finished with eight rebounds.
Prior to the halftime buzzer, Nate Hamilton cut North Georgia's lead to five (35-30) with his only three-pointer of the game. Only seven times earlier in the season had the Bobcats been trailing and come back to win, and Thursday night proved to be no different as North Georgia cruised in the second half by out-scoring the Bobcats 32-27 in the second half.
The Saints never trailed in the second half, but the Bobcats did cut their deficit to just one (35-34) when Scott Ferguson scored a layup just two minutes into the second half.
From there, the Saints flirted with a 10-point lead but were unable to acquire much more whereas the last time the two played when North Georgia was able to open a 20-point lead at some point in the second half.
North Georgia will now head home for four straight Peach Belt Conference home games starting Saturday, Jan. 19 against Augusta State University. The Saints and Jaguars will tangle at 3:30 p.m. with the game being North Georgia's annual "Military Appreciation Day" with all current and former military being admitted free of charge with a valid military ID.
As always, all North Georgia's home basketball games can be followed live via live stats and a free live webcast featuring Craig Corbin and Mike Davenport located on the schedule pages on www.SaintsSports.com. Also, Glory 1330 WGTJ Radio will continue to broadcast live during games with Mike Wofford and Drew Harris on the call. They can also be followed at www.glory1330.com or through the Tune in Radio app.