Montevallo falls to Young Harris in conference gamePublished 2:48pm Monday, February 4, 2013
FROM STAFF REPORTS
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The University of Montevallo men’s basketball team fell to Young Harris College 92-84 on the road in Peach Belt Conference play Jan. 31.
Senior Drico Hightower led the Falcons (13-6 overall, 9-3 in Peach Belt Conference) with a career-high 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the floor. Hightower, who knocked down 4-of-4 free-throw attempts, also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds as he posted his seventh double-double of the season.
Hightower, who made a career-high 11 field goals, also dished out five assists and finished with three steals.
Sophomore Troran Brown added 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field. Brown, who entered the contest second in the Peach Belt Conference with a 47.4 shooting percentage from beyond the arc, finished 1-of-7 from 3-point range.
Senior Marvin Fitzgerald chipped in 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor and a 4-of-7 performance at the charity stripe. Junior Silas Mills finished with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting from the floor off the bench.
Hightower keyed a 4-0 run to open the game for the Falcons with a pair of free throws and a layup in the first two minutes of the game.
Young Harris responded with a 16-2 run, capped with a 3-pointer by Vince Martin, to take its first double-digit lead in the game with 11:54 remaining in the opening half.
Montevallo chipped away at the deficit, with a 3-pointer by May tying the game at 21-21 with 6:45 left in the first half. Another 4-0 run by Hightower following a jumper and a pair of free throws late in the first half gave the Falcons a 29-25 advantage with 4:24 left in the half.
The Mountain Lions closed the opening half with a 6-2 run to carry a 36-35 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Montevallo opened the second half with a 6-0 run, capped with a layup by Jonas Brown, which gave the Falcons a 41-36 lead with 17:36 left in the game.
May drained a 3-pointer 21 seconds later to give Montevallo a 43-39 advantage, but Young Harris quickly took momentum with a 9-0 run. Michael Matta knocked down a 3-pointer with 14:35 left in the game to give the Mountain Lions a 48-43 lead.
Young Harris went on a 14-0 run midway through the second half to turn a one-point lead into a 64-59 advantage, capped with a 3-pointer with 10:01 remaining in the game.
The Mountain Lions held a double-digit lead until a layup by Hightower trimmed the deficit to 76-67 with 3:13 left in the game. Cummins knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:39 remaining to cut the Young Harris lead to 80-72, but the Mountain Lions went 9-of-10 at the free-throw line in the final two minutes to keep the Falcons from making a comeback.
Montevallo returns to action Saturday, Jan. 31 with a home game against the University of North Georgia at BankTrust Arena. The Peach Belt Conference contest is set to tip off at 3:30 p.m.