November 8, 2013

Erskine Pulls Away For A 93-75 Victory Over Nighthawks In Men's Basketball Season Opener

TIGERVILLE, South Carolina – ( – The Erskine College men's basketball team used a 52-point second half to pull away from the University of North Georgia 95-73 in the Nighthawks' 2013-2014 season opener. The game was part of the Conference Carolinas/Peach Belt Conference Challenge hosted at North Greenville University's Hayes Gymnasium.

The first half included eight lead changes with Erskine holding a slim 43-39 advantage at intermission.

North Georgia would trail by just five points (61-56) following a made jumper by Michael Varrichione with just under 13:00 to play but the Flying Fleet would take off from there as they used a 20-4 run over the next six minutes to put the game out of reach and would lead by as many as 28 with less than two minutes remaining.

Lamar Richardson led UNG in scoring with a team-best 17 points fueled by a 5-8 performance from behind the three-point line.  Chris Tanzy would come off the bench to tally 10 points marking the only other Nighthawk to reach double figures.

Travis Core and Brian Cole each collected nine points apiece while Ishmael Hollis registered eight to go along with a team-high nine rebounds.

Varrichione would finish the night with five points and would share top rebounding honors with nine collections. 

Erskine's Roderick Perkins led all scorers with 30 points as four of the Flying Fleet's five starters totaled double figures in the scoring column.

North Georgia was plagued by turnovers as the Nighthawks had 19 giveaways compared to Erskine's 11.  UNG would hold a 43-39 advantage on the boards and connected on 43% of their field goal attempts (25-58) while the Flying Fleet was 29-62 (47%). 

North Georgia (0-1) will return to action on Saturday with a 7:30 PM tip off against tournament host North Greenville University.