November 27, 2013

UNG Men's Basketball Slated To Host Limestone In Home Opener

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – ( – The University of North Georgia men's basketball team will face off against Limestone College on Wednesday in the Nighthawks' home opener.  Game time is set for 7:00 PM in Memorial Hall.

For those North Georgia fans that have already hit the highways for the Thanksgiving break, you can still follow all the live action through Nighthawk Vision.  The game will feature live statistics merged with a three-camera live video feed. 

Limestone (4-2) vs. North Georgia (2-2) Game Notes
Wednesday, November 27 - 7:00 PM
Memorial Hall - Dahlonega, Ga.

The University of North Georgia men's basketball team split a pair of non-conference games this past weekend at the Peach Belt/Gulf South Challenge hosted by Young Harris College.  The Nighthawks suffered a 108-98 setback to Shorter on Friday evening before rebounding with a decisive 103-81 win over Lee (Tenn.) University.  In the loss to Shorter Corey Green led three Nighthawks in double figures with a team-best 26 points on an efficient 9-12 from the floor.  In the win over Lee, senior forward Ishmael Hollis registered a game-high 27 points on 7-13 from the field and capped his third consecutive double-double with 12 rebounds.

Limestone (4-2) enters tonight's game as winners of two straight capped with a 58-55 home victory over Lander.  Held down for most of the game, senior guard PJ Foster delivered in the clutch, hitting the game winning three-pointer with five seconds left to give Limestone the win.  The victory completed a two-game series sweep over Lander and moved the Saints' season record against Peach Belt Conference schools to 2-1 on the season.  LC dropped a 76-64 decision at UNC Pembroke on Nov. 15.  Foster leads the team in scoring as the guard drops in 20.7 points per contest and has connected on 30-62 (48%) from three point range.  Josh Odem adds 15.2 per game for the Saints while Shaq Dance and Asaad Woods add 11.7 and 11.5 points per game respectively.  The team's leading rebounder is Jamal McNeill as the senior grabs a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game.   As a team, the Saints have been successful on 65-168 (39%) attempts from downtown.

Last night Limestone controlled the majority of an in-season men's basketball exhibition at NCAA Division I Western Carolina, and led until the final minutes, before falling 78-69. Per NCAA bylaws, the game counts for WCU and not for Limestone. Senior guard PJ Foster delivered another sterling effort with 22 points, six rebounds, six assists and a 6-of-13 mark from beyond the arc to lead the Saints.

North Georgia and Limestone have squared off six times with LC holding an all-time 1-5 series advantage.  UNG was able to break the winless string against the Saints last season with a 93-85 road win at Timkin Arena in Gaffney, S.C.  The last meeting between the two teams here in Memorial Hall came in the 2011-12 season when Limestone escaped Dahlonega with an 89-82 non-conference road win.

The early part of the 2013-2014 UNG men's basketball schedule resembles a football schedule with the Nighthawks only having six games in the first 29 calendar days of the season.  After taking off 13 days between season opening tournaments, UNG will now have another 10-day break in action before traveling to Belmont Abbey and will follow that with a full week before opening conference play the next Saturday. 

Through four games, Ishmael Hollis has emerged as a double-double threat having recording three consecutive capped with his 27 points and 12 rebounds against Shorter...Hollis leads the team in both scoring (21.5 ppg) and rebounds (11.5 rpg) both of which rank second among Peach Belt Conference statistical leaders...Lamar Richardson is connecting on 52% of this three point field goal attempts (14-27) and highlights a Nighthawk roster that is collectively 43% (36-83) from downtown...In the victory over Shorter, freshman Shaquan Cantrell registered a career-high 19 points...Michael Varrichione was a single rebound shy of his first double-double of the season on Saturday as he pumped in 13 points and nine rebounds...Varrichione has posted a team-high 13 offensive rebounds for the Nighthawks...Junior point guard Travis Core continues to climb the assists ladder having dished out five in his first game, six in the second, seven in the third and eight in Saturday's win over Shorter.