January 15, 2014

PREVIEW: UNG Basketball Teams Slated To Host Georgia College In Midweek PBC Affair

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – The University of North Georgia basketball teams will play host to Georgia College on Wednesday evening in Memorial Hall.  The women's game features a battle of nationally-ranked teams with the #24 Bobcats taking on #19 UNG at 5:30 PM followed by a 7:30 start between the men's programs.    

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:  #24 Georgia College (11-2, 4-2 PBC) vs. #19 North Georgia (11-1, 5-0 PBC)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 5:30 PM - Memorial Hall - Dahlonega, Ga.

THE GAME: Today's Peach Belt Conference West Division game features a pair of nationally-ranked teams as #24 Georgia College pays a visit to #19 North Georgia.  Links to live statistics, live audio and a live video feed courtesy of UNG's Nighthawk Vision can be found at UNGAthletics.com. The audio overlay is provided by Glory 1330 AM out of Gainesville as part of the UNG Basketball Nighthawk Radio Network. 

SERIES INFORMATION: 
Tonight's game is the second meeting of the season after the Nighthawks earned an 86-72 road win in Milledgeville to open up the new year on January 4 behind Stephanie Huffman's double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds.  GC entered the game with an unblemished 10-0 record but UNG opened the game with a 9-0 run and never looked back.  North Georgia holds a 35-22 all-time series advantage over the Bobcats.

COACH BURSON: Head coach Buffie Burson is in her 20th season roaming the sidelines in Dahlonega.  She currently carries a career coaching record of 394-204 - a .658 winning percentage - that has her averaging just under 20 wins per season. The veteran skipper is just two games away from coaching her 600th game for North Georgia and needs just six wins to crest the 400-win plateau.

LAST TIME OUT:  Mimi Hill scored 21 of her season-high 36 points in the second half to lead the University of North Georgia women's basketball team to a 93-81 Peach Belt Conference West Division victory over #19 Clayton State University in UNG's Memorial Hall on Saturday afternoon.  Keeley Chester added 20 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and a pair of blocks while Stephanie Huffman narrowly missed her fourth consecutive double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS: The Bobcats lost an overtime thriller to Young Harris, 60-55 Saturday afternoon at the Centennial Center. It was the team's first loss since breaking into the USA TODAY Sports NCAA Division II Top-25 Coaches' Poll at #22 as the Bobcats have since dropped to #24.   GC has three players averaging double figures led by Enisha Donley's team-high 15.2 per game.   

HILL NAMED PBC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: University of North Georgia women's basketball player Mimi Hill has been honored as Peach Belt Conference AstroTurf Women's Basketball Player of the Week. Hill stepped into the leadership role for the Nighthawks in a big way last week, averaging 33 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in two wins.  The senior scored 30 with seven rebounds in a win at Montevallo, then caught fire for 36 points and eight boards in the Nighthawks' victory over #19 Clayton State.

NIGHTHAWKS BREAK INTO TOP-25:
The University of North Georgia women's basketball team has cracked the top-25 in the most recent USA TODAY NCAA Division II national poll landing in the 19th spot as released by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday afternoon.  The Nighthawks garnered 139 votes to secure the program's first national ranking of the 2013-14 season.

NEXT UP:
North Georgia will embark on a four-game PBC road swing and will play four games over the next eight days capped by the season's second meeting with Clayton State in Morrow, Ga. on next Saturday.  The Nighthawks will return to Memorial Hall to begin a three-game home stand on Jan. 29 when Columbus State comes to town.

Men's Game Notes:  Georgia College (6-7, 2-4 PBC) vs. North Georgia (5-6, 2-3 PBC)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 7:30 PM - Memorial Hall - Dahlonega, Ga.

THE GAME:
Tonight's game features a Peach Belt Conference West Division matchup between the Bobcasts of Georgia College and the UNG Nighthawks as both teams look to move up in the league standings.  Links to live statistics, live audio and a live video feed courtesy of Nighthawk Vision can be found at UNGAthletics.com.  The audio overlay is provided by Glory 1330 AM out of Gainesville as part of the UNG Nighthawk Basketball Radio Network.

SERIES INFORMATION:  Tonight's is the second meeting of the season between the two teams with North Georgia earning an 85-77 Peach Belt Conference win over Georgia College in GC's Centennial Center on Saturday, Jan. 4 to secure the team's first back-to-back victories of the young season for the Nighthawks.  The game was the first for North Georgia following a 19-day break for the holidays.  UNG leads the all-time series 35-28 with tonight's game being the 64th meeting between the two programs.

COACH FAULKNER:
Chris Faulkner enters his 11th year as the head men's basketball coach at the University of North Georgia. In his first ten seasons, Faulkner has accumulated a 220-253 (.465) record and collected his 100th career victory on January 18, 2010.  After finishing his playing career at North Georgia, he assumed the role of assistant coach in 1993 and began his head coaching career at near by Piedmont College.  Tonight's game marks the 300th career game (148-151) as a head coach at North Georgia for Coach Faulkner.

LAST TIME OUT:
Visiting Clayton State University squeezed out a tight 83-81 Peach Belt Conference West Division victory over the University of North Georgia men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon in UNG's Memorial Hall.  CSU's Charles Shedrick accounted for the difference when he connected on a driving layup in the game's final minute.  The Nighthawks had an opportunity to tie or win on the game's final possession but a three-pointer by the Travis Core was just off the mark. Chris Tanzy came off the bench to lead the Nighthawks with 16 points. Forward Michael Varrichione finished with 14 points while Lamar Richardson and Core rounded out North Georgia's double figure scorers with 12 and 11 respectively.  Richardson connected on 4-6 threes on the day.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS:
It took another 20-point game from Royal Thomas, a double-double from Larrentis Thomas and a clutch three from Ryan Blumenthal for Georgia College men's basketball to topple Young Harris College 81-78 Saturday at the Centennial Center.  Royal Thomas had 23 points, his third 20-point game in his last five outings. He added five assists, four boards and a pair of steals to fill the box score. Larrentis Thomas finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and kept the Bobcats in the game in the first half with a 16-point, six-board effort.   The win ended a three-game PBC slide with the second of those three being the Jan. 4 home loss to North Georgia. 

HOLLIS LEADING PBC:
Senior Ishmael Hollis continues his high production as he leads the league in scoring (21.5 ppg) and is second in rebounding (10.5).

RICHARDSON AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Lamar Richardson has connected on a blistering 45-89 three-point field goal attempts for a success rate of 51%.  His 4.09 made threes per game ranks fourth nationally in Division II and his 51% shooting percentage ranks 9th among all scorers.

NEXT UP: North Georgia will embark on a brutal four-game road swing and will play four Peach Belt Conference games over the next eight calendar days. After trips to Georgia Regents (Augusta) and USC Aiken on Saturday and Monday, the Nighthawks will travel to Georgia Southwestern in Americus on Thursday before a short trip to Morrow, Ga. to take on Clayton State for the second time in two weeks. USC Aiken is ranked #15 in the latest national poll while GSW and GRU are each listed as receiving votes.