The North Georgia College & State University men’s basketball team remained unbeaten in Peach Belt Conference action Saturday night as they wore down the Bobcats of Georgia College during an 82-63 victory inside Memorial Hall Gymnasium in Dahlonega.
The Saints capitalized on a deeper bench and did not appear to become as winded as they secured an 8-2 overall record that includes a 3-0 mark in conference action, while the Bobcats could not keep up and fell to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in league action.
North Georgia finished the game shooting 50 percent (31-62) from the field that included a 7-22 (31.8 percent) performance from three-point range led by Lamar Richardson’s team-high four treys. Richardson ended the game with 14 points off a 5-9 outing and also added four rebounds and two steals.
Flowery Branch High graduate Ishmael Hollis led all scorers with 19 points off a 6 of 7 performance from the field that included going 2-3 from beyond the arc.
The junior forward also went 5-5 from the free throw line and ended the night with eight rebounds and a pair of blocks.
GEORGIA COLLEGE WOMEN 72, NORTH GEORGIA 71: North Georgia College & State University’s women’s basketball team had all five starters finish with double-digit points and shot 52.6 percent from the field as a team, but it came down to one missed free throw that Georgia College’s Brandi McKinney converted into a last second layup for the win on Saturday in Dahlonega.
North Georgia had entered the weekend as one of only three unbeaten teams in conference play in the West Division along with Georgia College and nationally-ranked Clayton State University, but the loss drops them to 4-6 for the year and 2-1 in league action while falling to fourth in the division.
The win keeps the Bobcats atop of the division standings with No. 4 Clayton State with a 4-0 mark in the Peach Belt and 8-3 record overall.
While North Georgia was efficient from the field, converting 30 of 57 shots that included 9-of-18 from three-point range, the Saints were unable to capitalize on the few chances they were given from the free throw line.
YOUNG HARRIS MEN 84, GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN 77: Frank Adams, Malcolm Jackson and Vince Martin combined for 61 points for the Mountain Lions on Saturday in Americus.
Young Harris, who have won seven of their last eight games, improved to 7-3 overall and to 2-1 in the Peach Belt and in the process registered the 100th collegiate victory for Mountain Lions coach Pete Herrmann. Georgia Southwestern fell to 6-5 and 2-2.
The Mountain Lions return to action Thursday (Jan. 10) when they host Clayton State University in a 7:30 p.m. league affair at the YHC Basketball Arena.
Adams scored 14 of his game-high 25 points in the first half as the Mountain Lions opened up a large lead as they shot 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the floor.
GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN WOMEN 97, YOUNG HARRIS 89: Shaniece Sheffield scored 20 points to lead five Georgia Southwestern State University players in double figures as the Hurricanes held off Young Harris College 97-89 in a Peach Belt Conference women’s basketball game Saturday at the Storm Dome.
The Hurricanes improved to 3-8 overall and to 1-3 inside the Peach Belt, while the Mountain Lions fell to 7-3 and 1-2. Young Harris hosts Clayton State at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday in Young Harris.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY MONTGOMERY 63, BRENAU 60: Brittney Wiley finished with 17 points for the Golden Tigers (9-5) on Saturday in Montgomery, Ala.
Gabby Harvey chipped in 13 points for Brenau, while Nikki Redd had 12 points. Brenau next hosts Emmanuel College on Thursday in Gainesville.