Montevallo comes up just short on the road at Augusta State
FROM STAFF REPORTS
MONTEVALLO – The University of Montevallo men’s basketball team fell to Augusta State University 75-73 in its first Peach Belt Conference road contest Dec. 17 at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Senior Drico Hightower led the Falcons (5-4 overall, 1-1 in Peach Belt Conference) with 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and a 9-of-12 performance from the charity stripe. Hightower also grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds to post his third double-double of the season.
Senior Marvin Fitzgerald finished with 15 points and nine boards, just one rebound shy of his sixth double-double. Fitzgerald knocked down 6-of-12 attempts from the floor.
The Falcons jumped out to an early 10-4 lead in the first five minutes of the game, with Jonas Brown’s 3-pointer giving Montevallo a six-point cushion at the 15:33 mark in the opening half.
Montevallo led by as many as seven points in the first half, 14-7, following a jumper by Troran Brown with 12:08 left in the opening half. Augusta State slowly chipped away at the lead down the stretch before carrying a 36-32 lead into the locker room at halftime following a 3-pointer by Ryan Weems with six seconds remaining in the first half.
The Falcons opened the second half with a 7-4 run to trim the deficit to 40-39 following a 3-pointer by Troran Brown with 17:41 left in the game.
Augusta State pushed its lead to 48-41 on a 3-pointer by Weems at the 13:46 mark in the second half. After the Falcons cut the deficit to 51-47 with 10:24 left in the game following a pair of free throws by Fitzgerald, Weems knocked down another 3-pointer to push the Jaguars’ lead back to seven points.
Devon Wright-Nelson drained a pair of free throws with 8:24 left in the game to give Augusta State its first double-digit lead in the game, 59-49. The Jaguars continued to hold a comfortable lead until May drained a jumper with 28 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 71-68.
However, Augusta State knocked down 4-of-4 attempts at the charity stripe in the final 28 seconds to secure the victory.
Montevallo returns to action Jan. 3 when the Falcons host Flagler College in a Peach Belt Conference contest at BankTrust Arena. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m