February 19, 2014

Mountain Lions Snap UNG Men's Basketball Team's Four-Game Winning Streak 94-81

YOUNG HARRIS, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – The University of North Georgia men's basketball team had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 94-81 Peach Belt Conference road loss on Wednesday evening at Young Harris College.  Ishmael Hollis led the Nighthawks with 22 points and nine rebounds while Chris Tanzy added 13 points.

Shaquan Cantrell also finished in double figures with 11 points while Michael Varrichione added 10 rebounds.

North Georgia took its largest lead of the game – 10 points (43-33) – on a Shaquan Cantrell layup on the first Nighthawk possession of the second half. The Mountain Lions battled to tie the game at 62 when Steve Viterb hit a free throw with 9:03 to play.

The game then see-sawed back and forth for the next five minutes before Herdie Lawrence nailed a three-pointer to give the Mountain Lions the lead for good at 77-74 with 3:43 remaining. Lawrence went 6-of-8 from long distance in the game.

Young Harris, which struggled from the free throw line in the first half (5-of-13, 38.5 percent), sealed the win from the charity stripe down the stretch. The Mountain Lions, which hit 26-of-34 free throws over the final 20 minutes, nailed 10-of-12 attempts in the final 1:44.

Young Harris (15-7, 9-6 PBC) held a decisive advantage from the free throw line where the Mountain Lions attempted over double the total free throws than the Nighthawks.  YHC connected on 31-47 for the game compared to UNG's 17-22. 

North Georgia (11-11, 8-8 PBC) returns to action on Saturday, February 22 at Lander.