November 10, 2012

Saints Able to Hold off Newberry for 106-99 Win in Overtime

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Ishmael Hollis had his first double-double as a Saint and fellow junior transfer Chris Tanzy broke a school record in just his second game of action Saturday afternoon as the North Georgia College & State University men's basketball team was able to hold off Newberry College in overtime with a 106-99 win in the championship game of the Mom Reeves Memorial Tournament.

Hollis led the Saints (2-0) in both scoring and rebounding for the second game in a row as he had 28 points and 14 rebounds against the Wolves (1-1). His impressive outing included a 10-20 effort from the field and a team-high six three-pointers.

Tanzy set the school's NCAA era record for most assists in a single game as he set up 12 scores to go along with six points of his own.

The Saints' 106 points scored against the Wolves was the most in a single game for North Georgia since scoring 105 in a win last season over Mars Hill College on Nov. 12, 2011.

With 10 minutes left in the first half, the Saints seemed to break things wide open offensively as they went on a 20-5 run over the span of five minutes. The drive ended with North Georgia up 40-22 with 5:24 remaining in the first stanza.

By the time the first half was over, the Saints held a 52-36 lead after being up by as many as 23 at one point.

But the second half was a different story as the Saints came out slow and allowed the Wolves to score six unanswered points in the first minute of play to pull within 10 (52-42).

Where North Georgia controlled the ball and seemingly scored at will down the stretch of the first half, Newberry did the same in the second stanza. The Wolves slowly chipped away at the lead with a 33-10 run that followed a Hollis three-pointer at the 8:10 mark and ended when Demarkus Smith scored a layup with 39 seconds remaining in regulation.

The two teams attempted to end the game in 40 minutes, but the final buzzer sounded with the score knotted at 91-all after Quayshun Hawkins drilled a three-ball with just six seconds remaining to avoid the loss for Newberry.

The Saints were able to regain their composure in the five-minute overtime period as they out-scored Newberry 15-8 to seal the seven-point victory.

In total, five players finished with double-digit point outings for North Georgia led by Hollis' game-high 28 points. Scott Windom was the Saints' next leading scorer with 17 points while Lamar Richardson and Taylor Metzger both added 15. JC Ward rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Saints with 11 points.

Richardson's 15 points all came in the first half off five three-pointers while Ward just missed out again on a double-double with nine rebounds added to his 11 points. In Friday's game, Ward came within two rebounds of recording the double-double.

As a team, the Saints finished the contest shooting 49.4% (38-77) from the field that included a 47.4% (18-38) effort from beyond the three-point arc.

Newberry's team stats were very similar to that of the Saints as the Wolves shot 46.7% (35-75) from the field and six players finished with double-digit points.

The three leading scorers for the Wolves were Mitch Riggs, Dondray Walker and Hawkins all with 17 points. Riggs and Walker led the team with four three-pointers each while Brunes Charles finished with a double-double performance off 14 points and 10 boards. 

Following the game, Ward and Windom were named to the All-Tournament team while Hollis was named the Mom Reeves Memorial Tournament Most Valuable Player.

The two programs will continue their rivalry on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Dahlonega with a 7 p.m. contest.