Saints Remain Perfect in Peach Belt Action with 82-63 Thumping Over Georgia College
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State University men's basketball team remained unbeaten in Peach Belt Conference action Saturday night as they wore down the Bobcats of Georgia College during an 82-63 victory inside Memorial Hall Gymnasium.
The Saints capitalized on a deeper bench and did not appear to become as winded as they secured an 8-2 overall record that includes a 3-0 mark in conference action while the Bobcats could not keep up and fell to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in league action.
While it was just a three-point North Georgia advantage at the half, it became more and more apparent as the second half wore on that the Saints were the more fit group on the court. Even with Georgia College contstantly trying to sub in fresher legs and bodies, the Saints continued to extend their lead out to as many as 20 at several points in the second half as North Georgia pushed a quicker tempo.
North Georgia finished the game shooting 50% (31-62) from the field that included a 7-22 (31.8%) performance from three-point range led by Lamar Richardson's team-high four treys. Richardson ended the game with 14 points off a 5-9 outing and also added four rebounds and two steals.
Ishmael Hollis led all scorers with 19 points off a 6-7 performance from the field that included going 2-3 from beyond the arc. The junior forward also went 5-5 from the charity stripe and ended the night with eight rebounds and a pair of blocks.
JC Ward was the final starter in double-digit points with 13 while Scott Windom came off the bench to match Ward's 13 point total while securing a double-double. Windom added 10 boards to go along with a block and a steal.
Georgia College was not nearly as efficient from the field as they only shot 37.1% (23-62) from the field, but were slightly better from three-point range as they ended with 11 three-pointers. Five of those treys came from Nate Hamilton who ended the night with 15 points off the bench.
Scott Ferguson led the Bobcats in scoring with 18 points off a 7-16 effort and corralled in eight boards.
North Georgia scored the first five points of the game with Richardson opening things up off a long three-pointer just nine seconds into the game after Hollis won the tip. From there, North Georgia never trailed despite the Bobcats coming to within three points by halftime.
North Georgia was able to extend its lead to 10 points (49-39) for the first time in the second stanza when Travis Core made a layup close to three minutes into the game to cap off an 11-4 run by the Saints.
From there, the Saints put it on cruise control and slowly extended the lead out with a healthy dose of under the basket work that included several dunks and 23 second chance points.
North Georgia has one more home game before hitting the road again for another pair of games. The Saints will unveil the school's new name on Thursday, January 10 and will play under the new name, the University of North Georgia, for the first time at 7:30 p.m. when last year's NCAA Division II runner up, the University of Montevallo (7-4, 3-1 PBC), comes to Dahlonega for another key PBC West Division matchup. The game will also serve as North Georgia's "Greek Life Night."