Central, S.C. - Southern Wesleyan defeated the North Georgia Nighthawks in an exciting 87-81 overtime contest on Saturday evening.
The Warriors shot 42.4% from the field in the win over North Georgia. Ta'Jay Dunlap led the team with 21 points and he was followed by Jalen Lowery with 20 and Cameron Holmes with 18. The Warriors gathered 38 rebounds with Solomon Smith leading the team with eight. He was followed by Clenzo Ross with seven rebounds. Lowery had three of the five steals and four Warriors produced six assists.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 87, North Georgia 81 (OT)
Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-2) North Georgia (3-1)
Coach Pasqua Says...
"Couldn't be prouder of a team. They stuck together when things didn't look good and continued to battle until the very end. Very happy for them."
How It Happened
The Nighthawks scored first in the contest on Saturday evening, but the Warriors countered with two 3-pointers from Ta'Jay Dunlap to take the lead 6-4. The Warriors maintained their lead with shots from Jalen Lowery and Cameron Holmes before the Nighthawks would take a 15-13 lead on a jump shot from Bailey Minor. The Warriors trailed until a 3-pointer from Lowery would put them back on top at 19-17. Southern Wesleyan led 30-22 after a 3-point jump shot from Tranard Ferrell was good. North Georgia fought to tie it at 30-30 and extended their lead to 45-37 heading into halftime.
Out of half time, the Warriors chipped away at the lead with shots from Edwon Brady and Solomon Smith. The Nighthawks maintained a comfortable lead with the Warriors pulling within five points multiple times. With a minute left to go in the second half, North Georgia held onto a 74-70 lead. The Nighthawks would net a pair of free throws, but Holmes would answer with a 3-pointer to have the Warriors trailing only two at 75-73. After a Nighthawk time-out, Holmes was able to steal the ball and draw a foul to send himself to the free throw line. Trailing by two, Holmes sunk both attempts that would send the game into overtime.
Dunlap drained a 3-pointer to kick off the extra minutes and take a 77-75 lead. Five straight points from Clenzo Ross would put the Warriors ahead 82-77. The Nighthawks would only make two more baskets while the Warriors went on to win the game in an 87-81 final.
Southern Wesleyan will travel to play Carson-Newman on November 20 at 7 p.m. They will then travel to Mount Olive, N.C. on November 23 to take on the Trojans in their first Conference Carolinas match-up of the season at 4 p.m.