PEMBROKE, N.C. – The University of North Georgia men's basketball team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Saturday afternoon as the Saints fell 100-93 to the Braves of the University of North Carolina Pembroke in overtime.
UNC Pembroke (17-8, 10-5 PBC) improves to 10-1 at home for the season while the Saints (14-9, 9-7 PBC) are now 8-5 in true road contests.
Both teams shot better than 50% from the field in the game with North Georgia going 31-60 (51.7%) by the end of the five minute overtime period. The Saints also hit 13 of their 28 three-point attempts (46.4%) led by Lamar Richardson's five treys.
Richardson was just one of three players to end the game in double figures for the Saints as the junior guard collected 19 points off a 7-16 shooting performance.
JC Ward led the scoring for UNG with 20 points as he converted all seven of his attemtps from the field, including one three-pointer. The senior forward also went 5-8 from the charity stripe and ended the night with three rebounds.
Ishmael Hollis and Scott Windom were the final two players for North Georgia in double-digits with 16 and 15 respectively. Windom went 6-10 from the field while Hollis went 4-6 from three-point range.
For UNCP, George Blakeney led all scorers with 26 points off a 10-16 performance as the Braves went 38-73 (52.1%) from the field. The Braves failed to convert any of their seven three-point attempts, but did convert 24 of their 34 free throws.
UNC Pembroke opened things up by scoring the first four points of the game, but never established more than an eight-point lead as the Saints took the lead for the first time four minutes into the game off a Hollis trey.
After the Saints entered halftime with a 45-42 lead, North Georgia quickly worked to extend their lead, but the Braves fought back and retook the lead by one off a pair of Shahmel Brackett free throws. Ward would then knot the score again with a free throw of his own, but UNCP won the overtime battle 18-11.
The Saints will return home next week for the final two home games of the season, including Thursday night's "Spirit Night" festivities against Young Harris College. Tip off against the Mountain Lions is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21.