November 13, 2012

Men’s Basketball Set for Home Opener Against Newberry

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State University men's basketball team (2-0) will open their home schedule at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 against a familiar foe – Newberry College.

The Saints and Wolves (1-1) have already tangled on the hardwood once this season with North Georgia claiming a 106-99 overtime victory in the championship game of the Mom Reeves Memorial Tournament in Newberry, S.C. All-time, North Georgia holds a 5-2 record over Newberry.

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.

In Saturday's game, junior transfer Ishmael Hollis recorded his first double-double as a Saint and fellow junior transfer Chris Tanzy broke a school record in just his second game of action.

Hollis led the Saints in both scoring and rebounding for the second game in a row as he had 28 points and 14 rebounds against the Wolves to cap off a weekend that saw him score 55 points. The 6-8 forward from Bufford, Ga. went 20-36 (.555) from the field, drained nine three-pointers, brought down 24 rebounds and had three steals en route to being named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

Tanzy set the school record for most assists in a single game for the NCAA era as he set up 12 scores in the Newberry game to go along with six points of his own. The previous mark was 11 last matched by Jakirra Milsap in a game against the University of North Carolina Pembroke on Feb. 16, 2008. 

As a team, the Saints hit on 50.7% (69-136) of their shots from the field and combined for 27 three's and 83 rebounds in the games against Salem International University and Newberry.

Along with Hollis, four other players averaged point totals in double-digit figures including Scott Windoms 15.5 points per game. The 2011 All-Peach Belt Conference selection came off the bench to hit 64.7% (11-17) of his shots from the field and had 15 total rebounds.

Also averaging double-digits in points were JC Ward with 13.0, Taylor Metzger with 12.0 and Lamar Richardson with 11.5 points per game. Ward came close to averaging a double-double for the weekend as he averaged 8.5 boards per contest. 

Heading into Wednesday's rematch, Newberry is shooting 48.3% (70-145) from the field which includes going 26-54 (.481) from beyond the three-point arc. Like the Saints, the Wolves have played just two games including winning their seasn-opener 99-72 against Warren Wilson College.

The squad has six players averaging double-digit point totals led by Quayshun Hawkins and Demarkus Smith both with 17.5 points per game while Brunes Charles is currently averaging a double-double with 10.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest.

The action from Memorial Hall can be followed live via live stats and a free webcast. Links to both can be found at www.SaintsSports.com.