February 8, 2014

North Georgia Grabs Pivotal 89-82 Peach Belt Road Win At Columbus State

COLUMBUS, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – The University of North Georgia men's basketball team used a decisive 10-2 run late in the second half to secure a pivotal 89-82 Peach Belt Conference road win over Columbus State in CSU's Lumpkin Center.  Chris Tanzy came off the bench to record a double-double of 24 points and 10 assists to lead a complete Nighthawk effort.

After the two teams battled to a 38-38 tie at halftime, Columbus State scored the first nine points of the second half to jump ahead 47-38.

North Georgia quickly rallied, however, going on a 9-2 run to get within one (49-48) of the Cougars with 13:19 showing on the clock. Five different Nighthawks scored during the spurt with four of the nine points coming from the free throw line. 

After the two teams exchanged baskets, Columbus State scored the game's next eight points to rebuild the nine-point advantage (59-50) with 10:01remaining in the game.

From there, however, the Cougars stumbled through the next few minutes allowing North Georgia to race in front. Over the next eight minutes and 25 seconds, UNG outscored CSU 28-13 to take an 81-72 lead with just 1:20 left in the game. The Nighthawks had a 12-2 run that began the stretch where Brian Cole connected on two three-point shots. 

Tanzy lead four Nighthawks in double figures on an efficient 8-12 from the floor.  Lamar Richardson added 20 points fueled by 4-9 from behind the three-point line.  Ishmael Hollis, the PBC's leading scorer, was limited to 11 points on 3-17 shooting, but impacted the game with a season-high 19 rebounds marking the senior's eighth double-double of the season.  Andrew Lawrence added 10 points for UNG.

Columbus State (11-9, 5-8 PBC) was led by Kenney Funderburk who scored 24 marking the eighth time this season that he surpassed the 20-point plateau.  DeAngelo Kirkland recorded his first double-double of season scoring 14 while grabbing 14 boards. 

Shane Heyward and BJ Battle chipped in with 15 and 12 points respectively. 

North Georgia (9-10, 6-7 PBC) returns to action on Thursday, February 13 when the Nighthawks entertain Francis Marion University on Spirit Night in Memorial Hall with tip off set for 7:30 PM.