November 27, 2013

Limestone Buries 18 Threes To Spoil Men's Basketball Home Opener 88-73

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – Limestone College deposited 18 three-pointers including 13 in the first half en route to an 88-73 non-conference victory over the University of North Georgia men's basketball team in the Nighthawks' home-opener.  The visiting Saints raced out of the gate courtesy of 13 first half threes and never allowed the Nighthawks to get closer than double figures as they ended the evening connecting on half (18-36) long distance shots. 

After an offensive put back by Andrew Lawrence gave UNG a 16-14 lead at the 13:02 mark, Limestone would mount a quick 9-0 run compliments of three three-pointers including back-to-back threes from Josh Odem. 

A three-pointer by North Georgia's Ishmael Hollis trimmed the Saints' lead to 34-30 with 3:29 remaining before intermission but Limestone answered with a 13-1 run to close the half.  The run was again fueled by three shots from behind the arch punctuated by a long buzzer beater from PJ Foster as Limestone carried a 47-31 advantage into the locker room. 

Limestone (5-2) was good on 13-23 (57%) shots from deep in the first half including a blistering 5-6 from Odem. 

After LC was able to stretch the lead to 23 (65-42) in the second half, North Georgia responded with a 15-3 run highlighted by a pair of threes from Lamar Richardson.   However, the Nighthawks would not be able to crack the double-digit deficit.

Hollis led four Nighthawks in double figures with a team-best 20 points to go along with seven rebounds.  Travis Core added 17 points, five rebounds and four assists while Richardson finished with 11 points on 3-6 shooting from three-point land.

Corey Green's efficient 6-8 from the field led to 12 points for North Georgia.

For Limestone, Odem and Asaad Woods led the way with 22 points apiece while Foster contributed 21.  Foster (7) and Odem (6) combined to make 13 three-pointers while Woods completed the double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds.

North Georgia (2-3) held a 35-30 advantage on the glass but was plagued by 17 turnovers. 

The Nighthawks return to action on Saturday, December 7 with the team's final non-conference tune up in a 7:00 PM road challenge at Belmont Abbey College.