February 14, 2009

Saints Shoot Down Braves in Overtime Thriller

Box Score

DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia College & State University saw a layup fall short in the final possession of regulation, but the Saints came back in overtime to take down UNC Pembroke 81-79 Saturday evening in Peach Belt Conference action.

North Georgia improves to 12-10 overall and 6-10 in the PBC, while the Braves fall to 5-18 on the season and 2-14 in the league.

With time running down in regulation, Michael Moynihan directed the North Georgia offense and guided his way through the lane and sent a layup off the glass that rolled around the rim and found its way out of the cylinder as time expired, sending the two teams to an extra period.

In overtime, the Saints used a quick bucket from Anthony Rowe to take the lead and never looked back, leading by as many as five points in the extra session before holding on for the 81-79 victory.

Moynihan led four North Georgia players in double figures with 17 points, while LaBrian Lyons had 16, and Xavier Trice and Brody Langston both tallied 11. Rowe led the Saints with 12 rebounds while adding three blocks.

Five UNC Pembroke players finished in double figures, paced by Brandon Thomas who led the Braves with 24 points and 14 rebounds. David Moore added 17 points on 7-10 shooting in 38 minutes of action.

North Georgia shot 45.8 percent from the floor, while UNC Pembroke was 40 percent for the game. Both teams left plenty to be desired at the charity stripe, combining to miss 24 free throws.

North Georgia will go right back to work on Monday evening, hosting the Hurricanes of Georgia Southwestern with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The overtime victory capped off a day that saw the North Georgia athletic department go 5-0 with four sports in action over the North Georgia campus.