Saints’ Season-Opening Stretch Comes to an End with 83-80 Loss to Trojans
ANDERSON, S.C. – The North Georgia College & State University men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday night as the Saints (3-1) gave up a 17-point lead to fall 83-80 to Anderson University (2-1) at the Abney Center.
North Georgia hit on 45.8% (27-59) of their looks from the field while Anderson was slightly better with a 48.2% (27-56) effort. The Saints did out-shoot the Trojans from three-point range with a 14-29 (.483) effort compared to a 4-12 (.333) effort by Anderson.
Lamar Richardson led North Georgia's attack with 23 points as he went 7-11 from the field including knocking down a game-high six three-pointers while Ishmael Hollis continued his hot streak with 16 points and five rebounds.
Denzail Jones led all scorers in the contest with 25 points off a 9-20 effort from the field. The other three Trojans to finish with double-digit point totals were Chandler Hash with 15, Bo Holston with 14 and CJ Gleaton with 12 points.
The Saints edged out to a 41-36 lead by half time and then continued to do well into the first portion of the second half, stretching out their lead to 17 points (56-39) when Chris Tanzy made a layup with 17:16:55 remaining.
But from there, the Trojans slowly began to chip away at the North Georgia lead until they had tied the score at 80-all with 55 seconds registering on the clock off the first of two Gleaton free throws. Jones then added two more of his own to give the Trojans a bit of a cushion that the Saints could not overcome in the closing seconds. Both Tanzy and Richardson attempted three-point shots to keep the game alive, but neither found their marks.
North Georgia will now return home for their final home match of the 2012 calendar year. The Saints will welcome the Cursaders of Belmont Abbey College to Memorial Hall gymnasium for a 4:00 p.m. contest on Saturday, Nov. 24 before hitting the road for four road contests before January.