Four seniors scored in double figures Saturday evening as the University of North Georgia men’s basketball team bounced back from a slow start to defeat Lander University 82-78 in the Saints’ final home game of the regular season.
North Georgia (15-10, 10-8 Peach Belt Conference) rallied with 51 points in the second half, while forcing 14 Lander turnovers. Saints seniors Robby Goldsmith (12 points off the bench), JC Ward (11 points) Pat Moynihan (11 points) and Scott Windom (10 points) led the way, and junior Lamar Richardson posted a team-high 17 points for North Georgia, including five three-pointers.
Lander’s David Pruett, a Lakeview Academy grad, led all scorers with 23 points and he played all 40 minutes.
North Georgia closes out the regular season at Georgia Southwestern State on Saturday.
NORTH GEORGIA WOMEN 91, LANDER 83: The Lady Saints (11-14, 9-9 PBC) defeated the Bearcats (8-16, 5-12 PBC) to take over fourth place in the West Division entering the final week of the regular season. If North Georgia can defeat Georgia Southwestern State on Saturday, the Lady Saints will punch their ticket to the PBC tournament.
Mimi Hill led the North Georgia with 27 points, Stephanie Huffman netted 16 points, and Gainesville grad Jaymee Carnes came off the bench to score 14 points and bring down nine rebounds.
YOUNG HARRIS MEN 111, COLUMBUS STATE 107, OT: Vince Martin and Malcolm Jackson combined for 51 points, 14 assists and five steals as Young Harris rallied for a win in overtime on Saturday.
COLUMBUS STATE WOMEN 65, YOUNG HARRIS 62: Asha Alexander’s three-point play with two seconds remaining gave visiting Columbus State University a 65-62 Peach Belt Conference on Saturday. Chestatee grad Peyton Robertson led the Lady Mountain Lions with 17 points. The Mountain Lions close out their season Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Montevallo.
SAINTS SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER: North Georgia split the series-opening doubleheader with Pfeiffer University on Saturday in Dahlonega. The Saints (2-9) won the first game 5-4 before dropping the second 6-2 to the Falcons (2-11). Christian Turnipseed picked up his first win of the season in the opener, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing just six hits and two earned runs while striking out eight. Agar got his first save of the season, going two innings and allowing two hits and a run. In Game 2, Blake Gaubert (0-1) was tabbed with the loss, and Taylor Keinat got a no-decision after pitching seven innings and allowing nine hits and two runs. North Georgia’s Tremayne Toorie finished the day 5 for 8 at the plate with a triple, an RBI and four runs scored. Brad Barto went 2 for 4 in Game 2 with two doubles. The final game of the series is set for noon today.
LANDER 5, YOUNG HARRIS 2: Connor Lewis homered and drove in four runs as Lander rallied for a 5-2 victory over Young Harris in Peach Belt action Saturday, snapping the Mountain Lions’ six-game winning streak.