Nighthawks' Upset Bid Falls Just Short In 108-99 Overtime Loss At #13 Montevallo
MONTEVALLO, Alabama – (UNGAthletics.com) – The University of North Georgia men's basketball team's upset bid at #13 University of Montevallo came up just short as the Nighthawks fell 108-99 in an overtime shootout at UM's Trustmark Arena. UNG trailed 85-80 with just over a minute in regulation but used matching threes from Ishmael Hollis and Travis Core to extend the game into an extra frame.
Hollis completed his sixth double-double of the season with 29 points and 13 rebounds and led five Nighthawks in double figures in scoring. Lamar Richardson deposited 22 points on an efficient 8-14 from the field. Corey Green and Travis Core added 15 and 13 respectively while Chris Tanzy came off the bench to contribute with 16 points and eight assists.
Montevallo placed all five starters in double figures in addition to a team high 23 off the bench from Ed'Lexus Collier.
The two teams eased out to a 39-39 tie in a pedestrian first half before the offensive fireworks would explode after intermission.
Hollis drove to the basket for a layup with 14:08 left in the game to give North Georgia a 63-53 lead, the only double-digit lead by either team in the game.
A 3-pointer by UM's Collier with just over 2:00 remaining in overtime gave the Falcons the lead for good. Collier added another 3-pointer with just under one minute left to make it a two-possession game and clinch the victory for the Falcons.
The shootout featured 72 combined three-point attempt as UM connected on 16 of 41 while North Georgia was good on 14 of 31. Hollis and Richardson combined to make 12 threes as each connected on 6-10 from downtown.
Montevallo (11-1, 4-1 PBC) held a decisive 53-36 (+17) advantage on the glass and was 22-34 from the charity stripe compared to North Georgia's 9-16.
North Georgia falls to an even 5-5 overall and 2-2 in PBC play while the Falcons improve to 11-1 and 4-1 in conference play. UNG returns to action on Saturday, January 11th with a 3:30 Peach Belt Conference tilt with Clayton State in Dahlonega.