Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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March 5, 2014

Hurricanes fly over Nighthawks in regular season finale

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Georgia Southwestern men's basketball team travelled to play Peach Belt Conference rival North Georgia in the final regular season game on Saturday afternoon. The Hurricanes were triumphant in the end with a 83-77 victory after seeing double-digit scoring totals from five Hurricanes.

GSW finishes the regular season with a 19-9 overall record and an 11-8 PBC record. North Georgia’s Nighthawks finish the season with 12-13 overall and 9-10 PBC records.

North Georgia was off to a hot start early after making the first basket of the game. This was the only lead that the Nighthawks held for the rest of the game.  

After a couple of quick points by Jamon Hawkins, Adrian Knight, and Daryl Davis to put GSW in the lead, the Hurricanes and Nighthawks went back and forth in scoring. The Hurricanes went into the half up 13 points, 37-24.

The Nighthawks came back at the beginning of the second half with an 8-2 run. By the 17:40 mark, Arnett and Davis took it between the two of them to score the next 14 points for GSW. Johathan Brooks ended the exclusive Arnett, Davis show with a dunk with 14:13 remaining.

North Georgia went on another eight-point run that was finally ended by a  three-pointer by Hawkins with 10:38 left to play. The Hurricanes were able to hold onto their lead throughout the remainder of the game. Out of the final eight successful trips down the court for GSW, six were from a pair of free throws made between Hawkins, Davis, Arnett, and Brooks. Nevertheless, the Nighthawks kept it a close game as they brought the score within two points with less than 25 seconds to go. With all the successful free throws for GSW the game ended with Georgia Southwestern securing their 19th win of the regular season by a final score of 83-77.

Georgia Southwestern shot a great 70.4 percent (19-of-27) from the free throw line; 50 percent (4-of-8) from beyond the arc; and 52 percent (27-of-63) from the field. Brooks completed a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Arnett had a game-high 23 points, six rebounds, and one block. Arnett went 11-for-14 from behind the free-throw line. Davis added 18 points, six rebounds, two blocks and steals. Jamon Hawkins added 18 points and five rebounds, and four of his field goals were three-pointers. Josh Birchfield contributed ten points and two rebounds.

North Georgia got double-digit scoring performances from Ishmael Hollis, Chris Tanzy, Lamar Richardson, and Shaquan Cantrell.

The Hurricanes will now shift their focus to the postseason and the PBC Men’s Basketball Tournament. They will be playing at Columbus State in the Quarterfinals of the tournament against Lander at 5 p.m. on Friday.

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