January 25, 2012

Bench Points Propel Saints Past Armstrong 75-70

Contact: Walker McCrary

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia men's basketball team got back on the winning track Wednesday evening, breaking their six-game losing streak by beating Armstrong Atlantic 75-70.

The Saints started the game off shooting extremely well.  In the first half, they shot 41.7 percent from the field, including 46.2 percent from downtown.

The Pirates and the Saints traded early baskets with Armstrong's only lead coming at the 16:32 mark when they held a 7-6 advantage. After the one-point edge, North Georgia stormed out to a 17-point lead.

The Pirates would fight back and tie the game late at 63-63 with 4 minutes left to play, but they could not complete the comeback as the Saints ended the game on a 12-7 run to win their first Peach Belt game since beating Clayton State earlier this month.

Scott Windom led all scorers with 15 points to go along with his 11 rebounds.  Elijah Smith had 11 points.

The Saints' bench production was huge in the win.  The bench scored 36 total points compared to Armstrong's 19.  Coming off the bench to score in double figures for the Saints was Travis Core and Robby Goldsmith, while Victor Holder added eight.

The Pirates were held 13 points below their PBC leading average of 83.3 points per game.  Chris Vanlandingham led them with 13 points.  Keyshore Williams had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Saints are back in action Saturday afternoon in Memorial Hall as they take on the Flagler Saints.  The homecoming game is scheduled to tipoff at 3:30 in Dahlonega.