December 13, 2013

PREVIEW: UNG Basketball Teams Geared To Open Peach Belt Conference Ledger

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – The University of North Georgia basketball teams are set to open up Peach Belt Conference play with a home doubleheader against Armstrong Atlantic State University on Saturday.  Women's tip off is set for 1:30 in UNG's Memorial Hall with the men's game set to follow at 3:30.  The remainder of both teams' schedules is made up of Peach Belt Conference doubleheaders. 

For those North Georgia fans that are not able to make the game, you can still follow all the live action through Nighthawk Vision.  The game will feature live statistics merged with a three-camera live video feed.  Glory 1330 of Gainesville will be on site to provide the audio feed that will merge with the live video and stats.

Glory 1330's audio will overlay over the top of the Nighthawk Vision's three-camera live video production providing UNG fans with a full-scale live production of home games.  The live interface also features merged live statistics with viewers able to toggle between the live video/audio feed and sortable live statistics.

Drew Harris and Mike Wofford, a 1979 graduate of North Georgia, will provide the audio broadcast live from Memorial Hall.

Women's Game Notes:  Armstrong Atlantic (4-1, 0-0 PBC) vs. North Georgia (6-1, 0-0 PBC)

Saturday, December 14 - 1:30 PM - Memorial Hall - Dahlonega, Ga.

NIGHTHAWKS RALLY FROM 12 BACK TO DOUSE FLAMES: The University of North Georgia women's basketball team rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to hand previously unbeaten Lee (Tenn.) University an 81-75 defeat in the Nighthawks' final non-conference tune up before Peach Belt Conference play.  UNG was led by the stellar post play of Jaymee Carnes and Mimi Hill as the senior tandem scored 28 and 27 points respectively.  Carnes completed her fourth double-double of the season collecting a game-best 17 rebounds as the Gainesville, Ga. native had notched the milestone before intermission registering 14 points and 10 rebounds before the break.

SCOUTING ARMSTRONG: The Armstrong Atlantic State University women's basketball team set a school record for the most points scored in a single game with Sunday (Dec. 1) afternoon's 110-86 non-conference victory over visiting Coker College at Alumni Arena.  The Pirates (4-1) tallied 110 points, breaking the previous school record of 105 points set twice previously. It was also the first time that Armstrong has broken the century mark since 1999.  Tyler Carlson is the team's leading scorer depositing 17.4 points per game including 14-17 (52%) from three-point land.  Bryonna Davis adds 14.4 ppg to the Pirates' cause.  Hanna Bognar is the conference's leading shot blocker rejecting 4.8 shots per contest in just over 19 minutes per game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Armstrong holds a 12-19 series advantage over the Nighthawks but it was North Georgia that took the victory in the only meeting last season downing AASU 74-63 on December 15 in Savannah. Ga. in both teams' conference openers ... UNG averages 20.0 assists per game which ranks first in the PBC and 7th nationally as the Nighthawks help on 67% of their made field goals ... The Nighthawks currently lead all NCAA Division II schools in blocks per contest (7.6) ... Carnes is ranks 2nd in the PBC and 4th nationally in blocks per game (4.0) ... Prior to connecting on 4-5 (80%) from three against Lee, Mimi Hill had connected on just 1-4 attempts (25%) from behind the arch ... Carnes has tallied a double-double in three of her last four games and since a season-low two rebounds in UNG's loss at Fort Valley State on Nov. 19 the senior is averaging 13.5 rpg ... North Georgia has won its last four Peach Belt Conference regular season-openers.

UP NEXT:
North Georgia will complete its pre-Christmas schedule on Monday evening when Flagler College visits Memorial Hall for a 5:30 tip-off which will kick off the semester's final basketball action.  Flagler is making a two-game swing through the north Georgia mountains tonight as the Saints are in action at Young Harris.  

Men's Game Notes:  Armstrong Atlantic (3-4, 0-0 PBC) vs. North Georgia (3-3, 0-0 PBC)
Saturday, December 14 - 3:30 PM - Memorial Hall - Dahlonega, Ga.

NIGHTHAWKS CAP NON-CONFERENCE SLATE WITH 92-82 ROAD WIN:  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.

SCOUTING ARMSTRONG:
The Pirates last played on Nov. 30 when the Eckerd College men's basketball team used a 13-2 run midway through the second half to pick up a 69-59 non-conference victory over visiting Armstrong Atlantic State University in the Eckerd College Thanksgiving Classic in St. Petersburg, Fla.  The loss marked the third consecutive for the Pirates after opening the season winning three of their first four contests.  AASU is led by Hichem Benayad Cherif's 18.8 points per game while Emmanuel Tiluscar and Montel Baines average 10.1 and 10.0 respectively.  The Pirates' strength in in the second chance as they carry a nearly +9 rebounding margin and have collected 122 offensive rebounds on the season while just giving the opposition just 75 second chances.  Armstrong is led by interim head coach Evans Davis who assumed the role for the 2013-14 season following four seasons as an assistant coach for the Pirates when former head coach Jeremy Luther accepted an assistant position at Gardner-Webb in early August.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Armstrong Atlantic holds a 10-12 series advantage over North Georgia but it was the Nighthawks who swept both meetings last season downing the Pirates in a pair of two-point affairs - 92-90 on Dec. 15 in Savannah in the teams' PBC season-opener and 77-75 in the Peach Belt Conference quarterfinals in Columbus, Ga. ... The Nighthawks are scoring 91.2 points per game which ranks first in the PBC and 17th in the latest NCAA Division II statistical rankings ... Ishmael Hollis is scoring a team-best 22.3 ppg which is ranks first in the PBC and 25th nationally ... The Nighthawks' 18.1 assists per game shares the league's top honors with Young Harris ... Lamar Richardson is connecting on 3.83 threes per game at a brisk 52% success rate which is good for the tops in the PBC and 11th nationally ... UNG has won its last two PBC regular-season openers. 

UP NEXT: North Georgia will complete its pre-Christmas schedule on Monday evening when Flagler College visits Memorial Hall for a 7:30 tip-off kicking off the semester's final basketball action.  Flagler is making a two-game swing through the north Georgia mountains tonight as the Saints are in action at Young Harris.