Nighthawks fall to Hurricanes 84-78

Ishmael Hollis secures in rebound in Thursday's loss to Georgia Southwestern State.

Ishmael Hollis secures the rebound in Thursday’s loss to Georgia Southwestern State.

The University of North Georgia men’s basketball team was unsuccessful in holding off a late rally from Georgia Southwestern State Thursday falling 84-78 in GSW’s Storm Dome. UNG (6-9, 3-6 PBC) was paced by the PBC’s leading scorer, Ishmael Hollis, who finished with a team-best 22 points on the night.

Hollis had a stellar game for UNG, scoring over 20 points for the eleventh time this season. The senior also added eight rebounds on the night.

The Nighthawks other leading scorers were Corey Green with 14 points and seven rebounds. Lamar Richardson hit a few late shots to keep the game within striking distance, finishing with 10 points on the night.

Daryl Davis led the hurricanes with 31 points and seven rebounds on a perfect 12 of 12 from the floor. Johathan Brooks also added in 20 points to go along with five rebounds. While Alan Arnett would get 18 points and 6 rebounds.

UNG trailed by just a basket, 75-53, with just 1:05 left following a pair of free throws from Hollis but but an old-fashined three-point play by Brooks sealed the win for the Hurricanes.

Georgia Southwestern (15-3, 7-2 PBC) held the advantage after the first half by eight points but never looked back despite multiple efforts by UNG. The difference of the game ultimately came down to shooting as GSW finished 27-51 (52.9%) from the floor compared to UNG’s 30-68 (44.1%). UNG would will the battle on the boards 35-32.

North Georgia returns to action on Saturday, January 25th when the team travels to Morrow, Ga to take on Clayton State University with tip off set for 3:30 PM.  The game can be heard through the UNG Nighthawk Basketball Radio Network.