December 7, 2013

Men's Basketball Caps Non-Conference Slate With 92-82 Road Win At Belmont Abbey

BELMONT, North Carolina – ( – Ishmael Hollis scored 19 second half points on his way to dropping a team-best 30 in the University of North Georgia men's basketball team's 92-82 road win at Belmont Abbey  College.  The win evens North Georgia's record at 3-3 as the Nighthawks will not turn their attention to the upcoming Peach Belt Conference slate.

Hollis was good on 11-15 shots from the floor and narrowly missed recording a double-double with nine rebounds.

Chris Tanzy tallied an efficient 6-7 from the floor on his way to 21 points while dishing out a game-high four assists.  Lamar Richardson rounded out the double-figure scorers for UNG with 18 points all coming on six three-point baskets that came in the first half of play. 

BAC's Chris Davis led all scorers with a game-high 31 points including 12-14 from the charity stripe.  Darryl Durham and Johnathon Garrett rounded out the Crusaders' double-figure scorers with 16 and 14 respectively.   Garrett would complete the double-double with a game-best 12 rebounds.

After Belmont Abbey scored the game's first five points, UNG would claw back to take a 16-10 advantage courtesy of four Richardson triples in the span of just over a minute and a half.

The Crusaders would bounce back to take a 25-18 lead with 9:07 left in the first half.  North Georgia would slowly fight back and would take a 42-38 lead on an old fashioned three-point play by Tanzy but a put back by Davis just before the horn would cut the Nighthawks' lead at intermission to 42-40.

The second half would be all North Georgia as the Nighthawks would score the first four points after the half and hold the lead for the remainder of the contest.   BAC would get to a single possession of three points on four different occasions with the last coming at 64-61 with 8:55 to playbut could never break even.  UNG would hold a game-high 14-point lead 90-76 with just under a minute remaining.   

North Georgia connected on a blistering 57% (32-56) compared to BAC's 27-68 (40%). 

North Georgia (3-3) will return to action on Saturday, December 14 when Armstrong Atlantic State University comes to Dahlonega for a 3:30 PBC challenge.