Falcons soar past Bobcats on senior night

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The University of Montevallo men’s basketball team honored two seniors prior to a 76-66 win over Georgia College and State University in a Peach Belt Conference contest Feb. 23.

Seniors Matthew Nelson and Ronald Severtsgaard were each honored before the win against the Bobcats, which clinched the Falcons a spot in the upcoming Peach Belt Conference tournament.

Severtsgaard had a stellar send off with 10 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for the Falcons, who improved to 16-9 overall and 9-7 in Peach Belt Conference play.

Sophomore Jonas Brown led Montevallo with 18 points, all of which came from 3-point land as he nailed six long-range bombs.

Six of the Falcons’ eight players scored in double figures. Montevallo had a great shooting night as the Falcons hit 48 percent from the field, including a blazing 57.1 percent from 3-point range.

The Bobcats hit 43.3 percent from the field and just 30 percent from 3-point range.

Junior Ryan Westbrooks had 13 points, including two 3-pointers, and dished out three assists. Junior Antoine Davis had 12 points, five rebounds, five assists, two rebounds and two steals. Junior Tyrell Coleman chipped in 11 points and three boards as he hit 7-of-8 attempts from the free-throw line.

Junior DeMarcus Catchings was the final Montevallo player in double digits with 10 points and seven rebounds.

With the Falcons up 17-16 with 10:22 left in the first half, the Bobcats began an 8-1 run to take a 24-18 lead with just 6:54 left in the period.

Montevallo quickly fought back to tie the game at 24-24 with a 6-0 run and both teams battled down the stretch. The Falcons headed to the locker room leading 38-34 at the end of the first half.

Montevallo blew the game open with a 14-4 run to open the second half, which gave the Falcons a 52-38 lead with 13:58 left to play in the game.

The Falcons held a double-digit lead for most of the second half before the Bobcats hit a free throw to cut the lead to just nine points with 6:30 left in the game. Three minutes later the Bobcats were able to cut the Falcons’ lead to just six points, but that would be as close as they would get. Montevallo hit its free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.