Dahlonega, GA – Southern Wesleyan fell to the North Georgia Nighthawks in an 86-57 final on Saturday evening.
Southern Wesleyan posted a 31.3% field goal percentage and recorded a 66.7% free throw percentage. Jalen Lowery led the team with 13 points. Lowery was followed by Jeremy Wert with 12 points. Southern Wesleyan recorded 30 rebounds with Wert leading the team with four. Zalan Richards led the team with four assists in the loss while NaJarius Green led the team with two steals.
Final: North Georgia 86, Southern Wesleyan 57
Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-4) North Georgia (3-1)
How It Happened
North Georgia led off with a layup by Lanre Olatunji, but the Warriors countered as Jalen Lowery sunk a jump shot to tie the game 2-2. Three point shots by Jeremy Wert and Jalen Lowery put the Warriors ahead 8-2. However, North Georgia countered with a three point shot by Zach Cottrell. The Nighthawks continued to pressure the Warriors as Shawn Hopkins made a three point shot to put them within one point. Jalen Lowery made a layup to put the Warriors on top 11-8. North Georgia pulled ahead on a jump shot by Zach Cottrell and free throws by Shawn Hopkins. Southern Wesleyan fought back as Javon Hunter made a jump shot, but a layup by Roderick English allowed the Nighthawks to take a 19-13 point advantage.
North Georgia took a ten point lead on a free throw by Lanre Olantunji, however free throws by Kylie Blackett to put the Warriors down 15-23. Lamont Smith made a layup to put the Warriors down eight points and make the score 17-25. North Georgia's Zezmon Steeple made a three point shot, but Diego Poore countered with a three point shot to make the score 20-28. Southern Wesleyan continued to pressure as Christian McLean made a three point shot and layup to put the Warriors down 25-36. Jalen Lowery made a three point jump shot to put the Warriors down 34-45 at the half.
The Nighthawks continued to push on as Lanre Olantunji made a layup to give North Georgia a 47-34 point advantage. North Georgia pushed on as Zezmon Steeple made a three point shot and Shawn Hopkins put up a layup. Zalan Richards put up a layup to allow the Warriors to come to 36-54 behind the Nighthawks. Back-to-back three point shots put the Nighthawks up 62-36. Southern Wesleyan continued to fight, but the Nighthawks shut down their attempts as North Georgia won the game 86-57.
Southern Wesleyan will return to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium as they host the Coker Cobras on November 20 at 7:30 p.m. They will then take on the Mars Hill Lions on November 27 before traveling to Tigerville, SC on November 28 as they play in their first Conference Carolinas game of the season against the North Greenville Crusaders.