January 3, 2009

North Georgia Drops PBC Road Game at #2 Pacers

Box Score

DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia battled late but came up short, falling 94-79 to 2nd-ranked USC Aiken Saturday evening at the Convocation Center in Peach Belt Conference action.

North Georgia falls to 6-2 overall and 0-2 in the PBC, while USC Aiken snaps a two-game losing streak and improve to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the league.

The Pacers jumped all over North Georgia in the early going as they caught fire from behind the arc and took an 8-0 lead in first two minutes of action. USC Aiken led by as many as 21 points in the first period before the Saints cut into the lead and trailed by 12 at halftime.

North Georgia found themselves right back in the game early in the second period as Michael Moynihan drained a pair of three-pointers to cut the Pacers’ lead to just seven points at 56-49 with 16:42 remaining in the contest. The Saints used one last run late in the game to pull once again to within seven points, but the Pacers held on for the victory.

Moynihan led the Saints with 20 points on a perfect 4-4 shooting performance from behind the arc. LaBrian Lyons followed with 14 points, Anthony Rowe added 13, and Brody Langston fouled out with 10 points in 19 minutes of play.

Chris Commons led all scorers with 29 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for a double-double. The Pacers never cooled down from three-point land after their hot start, shooting 52 percent for the contest.

North Georgia shot 38 percent from the field, and 39 percent from behind the arc while USC Aiken outrebounded the Saints 46-31.

North Georgia returns to action in Peach Belt Conference play, hosting Armstrong Atlantic on Monday, January 5, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.