November 28, 2009

Carson-Newman Too Much for Saints in Classic

Box Score

JEFFERSON CITY, TN – North Georgia dropped their second straight game Saturday evening, falling 77-73 to Carson-Newman College as Jordan Dixon’s career-high 30 points led the way as the Eagles held on to defeat the Saints in the final game of the Dick Campbell Memorial Classic at Holt Fieldhouse.

With the victory, the Eagles improve to 4-2 on the season. North Georgia falls to 3-3 overall, while the victory sends the Eagles to 4-2 on the season

The Eagles held a 38-35 lead with 1:19 left in the first half, but Taylor drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game at 38-38 with 58 seconds remaining.

Moynihan then knocked down a three with one second left on the clock to give North Georgia a 41-38 lead heading into the locker room.

C-N stormed back in the second half and went on a 22-10 run capped off by a 3-point play from Dixon that gave the Eagles a 60-51 advantage.

However, the Saints kept their composure and fought back to trim C-N’s lead to 75-73 on a 3-point play by Moynihan with 19 seconds left in regulation, but Dixon sank a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining to seal the win.

Michael Moynihan and Carl Taylor poured in 21 and 20 points, respectively, to lead the Saints. Both Moynihan and Taylor knocked down five 3-pointers. Bernard Rimmer pitched in 12 points and eight rebounds in the loss.

J.J. Wesley fired in 18 points for the Eagles, including four 3-pointers. Darron Maxtion chipped in eight points, and Quinche Dowdell added seven points and grabbed a team-high nine boards in the win.

North Georgia held a decisive advantage on the boards by outrebounding C-N 48-26, with 22 of those rebounds coming on the offensive end. The Eagles won the turnover battle by forcing 27 Saints turnovers while giving the ball up 17 times.

North Georgia shot 39.7 percent (25-of-63) on the night and made 11 of its 25 attempts from behind the arc.

The road does not get any easier for the Saints as the team will travel to Division I East Tennessee State University for a matchup with Buccaneers on December 10. Tip-off is schedule for 7:00 p.m. in Jefferson City, Tennessee.