UNG knocks off No. 24 Lee

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — After No. 24 Lee hit a free throw in the opening moments to take a 1-0 lead, the University of North Georgia men’s basketball team took the lead and held on to it for the rest of the contest as they knocked off the Flames, 75-57, Saturday night to wrap up the Ross Morkem Memorial.

North Georgia used a 6-0 run between the under-16 and under-12 timeouts to break a 4-4 tie and start to pull away from Lee. UNG’s lead remained in single digits for the rest of the first half and into the second when Kody Shubert hit both free throws to push the lead to 10, 44-34.

A 9-0 run by Lee trimmed the lead to just two, 48-46, with 11:19 to play, but UNG responded with a 7-0 run just a few moments later to extend the lead back out to 10 where the Nighthawks saw the game out.

– Frank Champion went 14-for-16 from the floor to tally 30 points, a new career high. Evan Hurst added 11 off the bench as he and Champion were the only double digit scorers for UNG.

– The Nighthawks dominated on the inside, outscoring the Flames 54-28 in the paint.

– The win marked the first win over a top-25 team since beating then-No. 21 UNC Pembroke at home on February 17, 2019, by a score of 82-77.

North Georgia will hit the road to AUM on Tuesday with tip time slated for 8 p.m. EST.

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