The University of North Georgia men’s basketball team fought back from a 14-point deficit at halftime to win by two, 77-75, over Armstrong Atlantic State University in the 2013 Marvin Vanover Peach Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Friday in Columbus.
The Saints’ lone 3-pointer came with 20 seconds remaining in regulation when sophomore Travis Core made the basket to tie the game. On the ensuing possession, Flowery Branch grad Ishmael Hollis swiped the ball away from the Pirates and was fouled, sending him to the line for a pair of free throws that he made to win the game.
North Georgia finished the game with four players in double-digit points led by Scott Windom’s double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Lamar Richardson was the second-leading scorer for North Georgia with 14 points. Hollis, the Saints’ All-PBC Second Team selection, and Victor Holder both with 10.
North Georgia advances to the semifinal round for the first time since joining the conference and will play the University of South Carolina Aiken, the two-time reigning regular-season champions, at 6 tonight in Columbus.