North Georgia Men's Basketball Holds Off Flagler 83-80
DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – Ishmael Hollis led four Nighthawks in double figures with 23 points as the University of North Georgia men's basketball team evened its record at 4-4 overall and 1-1 in Peach Belt play with a hard-fought 83-80 victory over the visiting Saints of Flagler College on Monday evening in UNG's Memorial Hall.
Senior center Brian Cole came off the bench to record a season-best 20 points including a 4-6 evening from behind the three-point line. Travis Core and Chris Tanzy would add 11 and 10 respectively to round out UNG's double figure scorers.
Flagler (5-3, 0-2 PBC) was led by 21 points from Adam Jones while Dennis Diaz and Keith Matthews added 17 and 15.
Flagler opened the game with a 14-4 run capped by an old-fashioned three by Matthews. North Georgia began to whittle away after the first media timeout and eventually evened the scoreboard a 24 apiece on a free throw by Corey Green with 9:24 left in the half.
A three by Diaz gave the visitors a 38-31 advantage with 3:09 left but North Georgia would score the final six points of the half to trail 38-37 at the break.
A layup by Hollis just over a minute in the second period would give North Georgia its first lead of the game and would ignite a 10-0 run that would end with a 49-39 Nighthawk advantage.
Flagler took its turn at whittling the lead down as three free throws by Diaz with 7:45 left to play pushed the Saints back ahead 64-63.
A Hollis jumper with 2:16 remaining put the hosts ahead 80-77 but Flagler's Matt Conway drilled a long three out of a timeout to even the score at 80 with just 15 seconds remaining.
North Georgia's Chris Tanzy took a quick inbounds pass and penetrated in transition for an old-fashioned three-point play with just nine ticks left and a long three by Jones was off the mark giving the Nighthawks their first league victory of the season.
UNG held a 42-33 advantage on the glass and connected on 10-23 (44%) of its three point tries including a brisk 6-11 in the second half.
UNG returns to action after the holidays with a January 4 road trip to Milledgeville, Ga. to take on Georgia College. The conference doubleheader will be covered on the UNG Nighthawk Basketball Radio Network beginning with a 1:00 pregame show.