Falcons defeat Augusta State in conference tournament opener
FROM STAFF REPORTS
COLUMBUS, Ga. – The University of Montevallo men’s basketball team defeated Augusta State University 60-53 in the Peach Belt Conference tournament quarterfinals March 8 at the Frank G. Lumpkin Center on the Columbus State University campus.
The Falcons opened up a 16-point lead midway through the second half and held on down the stretch by knocking down 6-of-8 attempts from the free-throw line in the final 1:08.
The Falcons outrebounded the Jaguars 34-24, including a 16-10 advantage on the offensive boards.
Montevallo, the No. 1 seed in the West Division and the defending Peach Belt Conference tournament champion, advances to face East Division No. 2 seed UNC Pembroke in the semifinals Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. CST.
The Falcons defeated the Braves 84-61 as they shot a school record 68.4 percent from beyond the arc in the only regular-season meeting between the two teams this season Jan. 21.
Sophomore Troran Brown led the Falcons (19-8) with 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor in the victory. Brown also dished out a team-high five assists.
Augusta State jumped out to an early 6-0 lead following a pair of 3-pointers by Devon Wright-Nelson and D’Angelo Boyce in the game’s opening two minutes.
Augusta State pushed its lead to 12-6 following a free throw by Michael Graham with 14:01 remaining in the first half. The Falcons chipped away at the deficit over the next five minutes, taking its first lead following a tip-in by Fitzgerald with 9:06 left in the first half, which gave Montevallo a 16-14 advantage.
The Falcons led by as many as eight points down the stretch in the opening half following a 3-pointer by DeShazior with 1:47 left in the half. Montevallo carried a 27-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Montevallo pushed its lead to as many as 16 points in the second half following a layup by Hightower with 3:46 remaining in the game, which gave the Falcons a 54-38 lead. However, the Jaguars responded with a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to 54-48 on a 3-pointer by Boyce with 1:15 left in the game.
Brown knocked down 6-of-8 free throws in the final 1:08 to seal the victory for the Falcons.
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