Montevallo athletics roundup: Falcons fall to Christian Brothers

University of Montevallo senior Cecil Coleman recorded a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in the Falcons' 73-66 loss to Christian Brothers University in a non-conference game Dec. 30. (Contributed)

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The University of Montevallo men’s basketball team suffered its second loss of the season to Christian Brothers University following a 73-66 defeat Dec. 30 in Memphis, Tenn.

Montevallo, which entered the contest ranked No. 9 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ NCAA Division II poll, was led by junior Antoine Davis. Davis scored a season-high 24 points to lead all scorers in the game.

Senior Cecil Coleman registered a double-double for the Falcons (7-2) with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Tyrell Coleman chipped in 11 points on three 3-pointers. Junior Ryan Westbrooks added nine points.

The Falcons shot 42.4 percent from the field, while Christian Brothers was red hot from the field as the Bucs shot 61.5 percent from the floor. Christian Brothers, which is ranked No. 23, has hit 63 percent of its shots compared to Montevallo’s 41.7 percent shooting from the floor in the Bucs’ two wins against the Falcons this season.

The game featured 55 fouls, including 45 fouls in the second half. Both teams struggled from the free-throw line as the Falcons hit only 47.8 percent of their shots from the charity stripe. Christian Brothers shot 56.4 percent from the free-throw line. Montevallo had 23 free-throw attempts compared to Christian Brother’s 39 attempts.

The Falcons and the Bucs battled closely for the first 10 minutes of the game, as neither team gained more than a three-point lead.

Montevallo suffered an 11-minute cold streak from the field and scored just four points in the final 11 minutes of the first half, which allowed the Bucs to outscore the Falcons 24-4 down the stretch and take a 37-18 lead into halftime.

The two teams traded baskets in the opening minutes of the second half, which did not help the Falcons’ cause as Montevallo continued to trail by double-digit points. With 4:13 left in the game and Montevallo down 59-42, the Falcons went on a 10-2 run to cut the Bucs’ lead to just nine points.

Christian Brothers responded with a layup and then forced a turnover, which led to a dunk, to regain a double-digit advantage.

The Falcons had three players foul out of the game and two others finished with four fouls. Christian Brothers had four players with four fouls when the game ended.

Montevallo women fall on the road at West Alabama

The University of Montevallo women’s basketball team fell on the road Jan. 3 at former Gulf South Conference rival University of West Alabama, 70-62.

The Falcons (4-7) took a 30-27 advantage into the locker room at halftime before West Alabama began the second half with a 6-0 run and led the rest of the game. The Tigers led by as many as 15 points in the second half.

Senior Kris Seigenthaler led Montevallo with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Seigenthaler hit both of her free throws.

Junior Tiffany McClure added 14 points after hitting 4-of-9 field goals. McClure, who dished out a team-high four assists, hit 6-of-8 attempts from the charity stripe.

Senior Jessica Collins chipped in six points. Junior Shavonne Seymore grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Davia Harris, Tiaren Young and Carrie Parrott contributed five points each.

Parrott gave the Falcons their largest lead at 26-18 following a jumper with 4:38 remaining in the first half. West Alabama cut the Montevallo lead to three points heading into the break and erased the deficit early in the second half.