Men’s basketball comes up short in Gainesville

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The atmosphere was electric for the basketball season opener at Chestatee High School on Tuesday night. Unfortunately that spark fizzled out for the Lumpkin County Men’s basketball team, who found themselves playing catch up to the War Eagles in the fourth period.

The War Eagles ultimately edged past the Indians 74-68, with Brenton Nicholson sinking eight three point shots throughout the game. Two of those were early in the fourth period to give the War Eagles a lead they refused to relinquish.

Lumpkin County’s Pat Jackson led the way in points for the Indians with twenty overall, as well as five assists. Peyton Polk and Jacob Cumbie contributed seventeen points each, and Gus Faulkner put up eleven.

The Men’s basketball team will be on the road again Friday night against rival White County. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m.

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Lady Indians win season opener; Dowse earns 200th career win

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The Lumpkin County Lady Indians basketball team celebrated for an extra reason on Tuesday night. Their 51-45 victory over Chestatee started their season with a win and earned head coach David Dowse his 200th career win.

The team stood together afterwards to take a picture with Dowse holding a special wooden sign in the shape of 200.

Mary Mullinax moves the ball up the court for Lumpkin.

Dowse was pleased with the effort the team put in the game, saying “To be a young group early in the season, I thought we competed extremely hard. And we made some really big plays to come out victorious.”

The 2019-2020 Lady Indians are a team of nine with six of those nine playing their first season as freshmen. One of those freshmen is Mary Mullinax, who contributed 18 points to the Lady Indians overall score. Junior Isabel Davenport put up the most overall at 19.

The Lady Indians went ahead early on and stayed in front of Chestatee for most of the game. But the lead was only by a few points. That gave the Lady War Eagles a chance to slip ahead, and they did just that late in the third period with a three point shot by Maggie McNair.

Lumpkin County was quick to come back with four points from Lexi Pierce and Mullinax, then extended that lead with back to back three point shots by Davenport and Mullinax.

Isabel Davenport added the most points for the Lady Indians with 19 overall.

Lumpkin County is on the road again Friday night against White County, and Dowse said between now and then the teams’ focus will be on mental toughness.

“It’s the mental piece. Sometimes I feel like we give into fatigue and we use fatigue as an excuse for perhaps not executing on the offensive end as well as we’re capable, or if we’re not communicating as well as we’re capable of on the defensive end…those are little things that I think we can learn and grow toward.”

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UNG women’s basketball team named Southeast Region Champions

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LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Press, No. 20 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team can call themselves Southeast Region Champions, for the first time in the NCAA era, as they beat Lander, 73-62, in the regional final at Anderson’s Abney Center.

Lander took an early lead as the Nighthawks struggled to knock down shots in the opening minutes, but North Georgia stormed back, cutting the lead to three after the first period. North Georgia took the lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter as part of a 12-0 run, 17-16.

From there, North Georgia never surrendered the lead, even though Lander tied the game twice in the second quarter. The Bearcats brought the game to within five with 1:30 left in the fourth quarter, but the Nighthawks finished the game on a 6-0 run to claim the regional trophy. The women’s basketball program becomes the fifth program at UNG to make it to the NCAA Division II National Championship round, joining the baseball, cross country, softball and women’s tennis programs.
The Nighthawks were 23-of-29 from the free throw line, while the Bearcats were just 7-for-11.

 

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UNG women’s basketball athlete celebrates 1,000th career point

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According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG’s Tamera Thorpe scored her 1,000th career point during their game against Flagler; however, the No. 20 UNG women’s basketball team fell to their opponent in overtime, 74-70.

With a jumper at the 4:15 mark in the third quarter, the senior transfer notched point No. 1,001 with her 14th point of the game to put UNG up, 43-42, at that point. From there, the two teams went back and forth before Flagler took a four-point lead with 40 seconds to play in regulation.

Flagler controlled the overtime period, though, retaking the lead right away and never relinquishing it.

 

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UNG men’s basketball team took eighth in PCB Preseason Poll

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AUGUSTA, GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the UNG men’s basketball team was picked to finish in a tie for eighth in the Peach Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.

University of North Carolina Pembroke earned nine first place votes to take the top spot in the poll, followed by Clayton State, who took three first place votes. Augusta, University of South Carolina Aiken and Georgia Southwestern rounded out the top five.

The Nighthawks are tied with Georgia College at 49 points in the poll. UNG finished last year in sixth in the Peach Belt after a 12-17 season. The Nighthawks will take to the floor for the first time Sunday night at the UNG Convocation Center in an exhibition against Emory. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.

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