Montevallo headed to region final

The semifinal victory sets up a rematch with Anderson University, which knocked the Falcons out of the postseason a year ago in the Southeast Region semifinals, in the Southeast Region championship game March 13 at 7 p.m.

Montevallo, which earned back-to-back trips to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 2006 and 2007, is seeking its third trip to Division II’s promised land in school history.

Davis and fellow senior guard D.J. Rivera led the Falcons with 16 points each in the victory. Davis and Rivera also finished with four rebounds, five assists and three steals each.

Rivera, who has scored 615 points this season, needs just 16 points to become the school’s single-season scoring leader.

Drico Hightower added 14 points and four rebounds. Marvin Fitzgerald chipped in six points and seven boards. Ryan May contributed five points in the win.

DeMarcus Catchings added four points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Jonas Brown chipped in two points off the bench.

After opening the game with a breakaway slam, Rivera knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner to give Montevallo a 10-4 lead with 16:12 remaining in the first half.

May drained a 3-pointer with 14:47 left in the first half to give the Falcons their largest lead in the opening half, 15-6.

Lincoln Memorial chipped away at the deficit before finally taking its first lead in the game following a 12-2 run on a floater in the lane by Cam Carden, which gave the Railsplitters a 23-21 lead with 7:46 left in the opening half. The Railsplitters took their largest lead in the first half following a pair of free throws by Vincent Bailey, which gave Lincoln Memorial a 30-27 advantage with 3:04 left in the first half.

The Falcons responded with a 7-0 run, which included a 3-pointer by Rivera and a floater in the lane by Davis, to take a 34-30 lead with 1:09 left in the first half.

Lincoln Memorial responded with a 5-0 run and carried a 35-34 lead into the locker room at halftime following a 3-pointer by Carden from the corner with two seconds remaining in the first half. Carden led the Railsplitters with 13 points in the opening half.

Hightower led the Falcons with 11 points in the first half on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor. Rivera scored eight points in the opening half.