Fort Valley Basketball comes up short against North Georgia

Courtesy of Chris Myers, Fort Valley State Athletics

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FVSU27 32 59
NG26 35 61

DALONEGA, Ga. – After leading a good part of the night, the Wildcats were good for the tie, but the game-winner was narrowly off. The University of North Georgia scored eight-straight points, before Fort Valley State’s Myson Lowe tied the contest with 36 seconds only to see his potential game-winning 3-pointer fall off the iron to allow the home team to escape with the 61-59 men’s basketball Tuesday night victory.

With 4:44 remaining, Lowe drove in for a bucket to give FVSU (1-4) a 56-51 lead. The Nighthawks (4-1) received five-straight points to tie the contest and added three more tallies for a 59-56 edge with 53 seconds. Lowe lofted a deep triple with 36 seconds to tie the contest at 59. On the next home possession, North Georgia’s Greg Billups pulled in the offensive rebound and put in the layup to make it 61-59 with 16 ticks on the clock to set up the final FVSU shot attempt in the last second.

Lowe paced the Wildcats with four 3-pointers for 18 points to go with three assists and two steals. Jamal Reynolds made 5 of 6 shots for 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds. K.J. Doucet added 10 points, three boards and a pair of assists, while Khadim Samb made 4 of 6 from the floor with a triple for his own 10 points and five rebounds. JaMarcus Scott chipped in seven points off the bench.

Frank Champion led all scorers with 19 points and 13 rebounds for North Georgia.

Despite the close defeat and upset which slipped away, FVSU showed far better in the rematch with North Georgia. The Nighthawks won in Fort Valley, 64-51, last December 4.

North Georgia scored the game’s first six points and held its largest lead of nine points, 17-8, with 9:19 before the half. FVSU answered with seven consecutive points capped by a Samb layup to make it 17-15 at 4:00.

A fastbreak Lowe 3-pointer gave the Wildcats their first lead of the night, 22-21, 1:48 later. Lowe also made sure FVSU took a 27-26 advantage into intermission with a layup with seven seconds left.

FVSU will now have off until it travels to open Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference crossover action at undefeated Tuskegee University on Saturday afternoon. Tip is set for 4 p.m. ET.

Next Game:
at Tuskegee University
11/26/2022 | 4 p.m. EST

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