February 15, 2014

#Nighthawks Blitz UNC Pembroke 87-72 To Even Record

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – The University of North Georgia men's basketball team evened its overall and league ledgers with an 87-72 blitzing of visiting University of North Carolina Pembroke on Saturday in UNG's Memorial Hall.  The Nighthawks led by as many as 36 points (76-40) with just over ten minutes left in regulation.

Following a short jumper by Andrew Lawrence that broke a 5-5 tie just over five minutes into the game, North Georgia would lead for the remainder of the contest including a 20-point (47-27) margin at the break.   UNG never trailed in the contest.

North Georgia (10-10, 7-7 PBC) used a 27-7 run early in the second half to put the game on cruise control.  The Braves finished the game on a 20-6 run in the final six minutes to trim the damage to an 87-72 final score.

Lamar Richardson led three Nighthawks in double figures with a season-best 28 points including a blistering 8-12 from behind the three-point line.  His eight trifectas were just a single three-pointer shy of the school's single game record.

Ishmael Hollis, the PBC's leading scorer, added a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds while freshman Shaquan Cantrell added 10 points. 

UNCP (14-12, 5-11 PBC) also placed three players in double figures paced by Brandon Winford's 16 points and nine rebounds. 

North Georgia connected on 57% (32-56) of its field goal attempts compared to the Braves' 37% (22-59). 

The Nighthawks return to action on short rest with a Peach Belt Conference game tomorrow (Feb. 16) against Francis Marion University with tip off set for 3:30 PM in Memorial Hall.