YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Thursday night, the University of North Georgia men's basketball team broke a three-game skid with an 85-77 road victory over Young Harris College. It was the first meeting between the two programs on the hardwood since the Mountain Lions joined the Peach Belt Conference.
The Saints (12-8, 7-6 PBC) connected on nearly 50% (34-69) of their shot attempts from the field while the Mountain Lions (14-6, 9-4 PBC), who are currently second in the PBC West Division, shot just 34.2% (26-76) from the field. Young Harris did make two more three-pointers than North Georgia, but the Saints were more efficient with a 6-19 performance from beyond the arc.
Every player who saw action on the court for North Georgia scored as the Saints received 45 points from its bench while Young Harris received just nine points from its bench.
Senior Scott Windom made three of North Georgia's six treys while going 9-15 from the field to finish with 23 points. He also went 2-2 from the free throw line and corralled in six rebounds.
Frank Adams ended the night with a double-double off 28 points and 11 rebounds. He went 8-17 from the field and 12-14 from the charity stripe.
Malcolm Jackson had 18 points while Vince Martin finished with 13 points and was the only player from either squad to remain on the court for all 40 minutes of action.
North Georgia started the game off with a 7-2 run in the first three minutes, but Young Harris bounced back to take the lead off an Andrew Reid layup at the 15:26 mark. From there, the Mountain Lions led for nearly the entire remainder of the first half and took a 47-35 lead into halftime.
The Mountain Lions continued to hold that lead well into the second half, but the Saints reclaimed the lead off a Hollis layup with 9:20 remaining. After North Georgia flirted with a 10-point lead from there, Hollis was able to put the game away with a three-point play off a bucket which drew a foul with 35 seconds left on the clock.
North Georgia will return home on Saturday, Feb. 9 for a rematch against Columbus State University. Saturday will be "Lumpkin County Educators Day" with $1 from every ticket sold going toward the "Invest in the Future" initiative. The North Georgia School of Education will match the Athletics Department's donations to the "Invest in the Future" initiative dollar-for-dollar.