February 25, 2009

Saints Rally to Defeat Bearcats 66-55 on Senior Day

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DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia College & State University trailed by two points at halftime but came out on fire in the second period to run away with a 66-55 victory over Lander University Wednesday evening on Senior Day in Memorial Hall.

The Saints finish the regular season at 15-11 overall and 9-11 in the Peach Belt Conference, while Lander falls to 11-14 overall and 7-12 in the league.

North Georgia put four players in double figures, with Anthony Rowe leading the way with 16 points, while LaBrian Lyons added 13 and Michael Moynihan and Brody Langston tallied 11 apiece.

Dane Sparrow paced Lander University with a game-high 18 points, while Brenton Harris added 13 and Darious Johnson chipped in 10.

With Lander up by a pair at halftime, North Georgia came out and took the lead right back with 16:49 remaining on a layup by Moynihan to make it 40-39 as the Saints took the lead for good. Rowe gave North Georgia their largest lead of the game at 62-48 on a pair of free throws with 4:29 remaining before the Saints pulled out the 66-55 victory.

North Georgia shot 43.5 percent from the floor and just 20 percent from behind the arc, while Lander was 30.9 percent from the field and 27.8 percent from long range. The two teams combined to turn the ball over just 16 times, while the Saints held a 41-34 rebounding advantage.

North Georgia returns to action at the 2009 Peach Belt Conference Tournament, and will wait for seedings to be announced over the weekend.