January 11, 2014

PREVIEW: UNG Basketball Opens 2014 Home Slate Against Clayton State

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – The University of North Georgia basketball teams will open up the 2014 home portion of their schedules with a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader with visiting Clayton State University this afternoon in Memorial Hall.  Women's tip off against the #19th ranked Lakers is set for 1:30 PM followed by a 3:30 men's game.  

For those North Georgia fans that are not able to make the game, 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.  Glory 1330 of Gainesville will be on site to provide the audio feed that will merge with the live video and stats.  Drew Harris and Mike Wofford, a 1979 graduate of North Georgia, will provide the audio broadcast live from Memorial Hall as part of the UNG Nighthawk Basketball Radio Network.

Women's Game Notes:  #19 Clayton State (8-4, 3-2 PBC) vs. North Georgia (10-1, 4-0 PBC)

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 1:30 PM - Memorial Hall - Dahlonega, Ga.

SERIES INFORMATION:  Tonight's game is the 28th meeting between North Georgia and Clayton State with the Lakers holding a 17-10 series advantage.  CSU won all three meetings last year capped by an 81-54 victory in the Peach Belt Conference Championship game by the #1-ranked Lakers.  UNG won 10 of the first 14 meetings but Clayton has been victorious in the past 13 meetings. 

Mimi Hill's season-high 30 points spearheaded the University of North Georgia women's basketball team to a 76-62 Peach Belt Conference win over the University of Montevallo Wednesday evening in UM's Trustmark Arena.  Stephanie Huffman and Keeley Chester added 18 and 13 respectively as the Nighthawks' starting five accounted for all of the team's scoring aside from a Molly Rainwater three-point basket.  Huffman rounded out her third consecutive double-double with a career-high 18 rebounds and completed a solid stat line with four steals.  Hill's 30 point outburst marked a new season-high for the senior forward as she has crested the 20-point barrier in 5 of her last 6 outings.

The 19th-ranked Lakers of Clayton State fell to 8-4 on the seaon on Wednesday night with a 45-44 home loss to Young Harris on Wednesday night in Morrow.  The Lakers have dropped three of their last four games with Wednesday night's loss marking the first time that CSU has lost back-to-back games since February 17 & 20, 2010.  Center Shacamra Jackson leads three Lakers averaging double figures with a team-best 14.6 average.  Yishica Sims and Andrea Benford average 13.2 and 10.3 ppg respectively.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE: Since being held scoreless in UNG's home win over Lee (Tenn.) on December 7, Stephanie Huffman has averaged a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds through her last four games.  The 5-9 guard has snared three consecutive double-doubles highlighted by a career high 18 rebounds on Wednesday. 

Men's Game Notes:  Clayton State (4-8, 0-5 PBC) vs. North Georgia (5-5, 2-2 PBC)

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 3:30 PM - Memorial Hall - Dahlonega, Ga.

SERIES INFORMATION:  Tonight's game marks the 24th meeting between the University of North Georgia and Clayton State University with UNG holding a 17-5 all-time series advantage.  Clayton State swept the season series last year winning 85-80 on January 12 in Morrow before downing the Nighthawks 88-75 on January 26 in Memorial Hall.

LAST TIME OUT: 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.

Clayton State dropped a 76-68 decision to Young Harris on Wednesday at home and has come up on the short end of its last seven games after winning four of their first five to start the season.  Under the direction of first-year head coach Paul Harrison, the Lakers have four players averaging double figures led by Charles Shedrick's 18.2 points per game.   

Senior Ishmael Hollis continues his high production as he leads the league in scoring (22.7 ppg) and is tied for top honors in rebounding (10.6). He has tallied a league-best six double-doubles on the season and has scored at least 19 points in nine consecutive games. 

Lamar Richardson currently leads the conference and ranks seventh nationally in threes per game (4.1) and is doing so at a high clip (41-83, 49%).  The senior sharp-shooter has made at least five threes in four of the Nighthawks' last five games capped by a 6-10 effort in Wednesday night's overtime loss at Montevallo.

If getting to Memorial Hall for home games is not an option, UNG basketball fans can listen to all home action courtesy of Glory 1330 AM out of Gainesville.  The Glory 1330 audio feed will overlay with the Nighthawk Vision three-camera video feed at home games providing fans a full-scale production of the games on their computer screen.  Beginning with Peach Belt Conference road games, the UNG Radio Network will also be on the road for all UNG basketball doubleheaders.  The Milton Martin Honda Nighthawk Basketball road show will feature a 30-minute pregame show and post-game interviews with coaches and players as Craig Corbin, the official voice of UNG Basketball will bring you the call.