Purples dominate Gold in College Night men’s basketball
By DREW GRANTHUM/Sports Writer
MONTEVALLO — On paper, the annual matchup between the Purple and Gold men’s basketball squads looked like it should have been a shootout, with a slight edge going to the Golds.
On the court, however, it was anything but close as the Purples used lights-out shooting to take a 48-33 win.
The Purple Cows kicked scoring off early when Zac Kaylor drained a three, followed by a Kent Fullington basket. Following a Matt Wells free throw for the Gold Lions, Fullington sank another bucket to give PV a 7-1 lead.
The Golds came back on the offensive, with Justin Kleppen draining a post shot and Wells and Derek Kennedy both sinking three’s to give the Golds a 9-8 lead.
Purple Side’s David Myers answered with a three of his own, and the Purples regained the lead midway through the first half.
After a Dusting Kennedy free throw, Myers went on an 8-3 run to put the Purples up 19-13. Devon Davis’s 3-pointer gave the Cows a 22-13 lead late, while the Lions could only muster a free throw and a basket to head in the locker room down 27-17.
Unfortunately for the Golds, the Purple scoring didn’t stop with the half . Davis sank two-straight 3-pointers to put PV up 33-17. Dustin Kennedy answered with a pair of baskets to cut the lead to 33-21.
The Lions were able to pull within 11 at 35-24, but a 6-3 run courtesy of Fullingotn and Kaylor pushed the Purples out to a 41-27 lead.
The Gold Side struggled with free throw shooting down the stretch, and trailed by 13 late in the second half. With little time remaining, Myers capped off his performance with a 3-pointer to put the Purples up 46-29.
It proved to be too great a lead for the Golds to overcome, as PV took a 48-33 win.
Myers led all Purple scorers with 18 points, while Davis had nine and Fullington had seven. For the Golds, Dustin Kennedy close his College Night career with 10 points, with Wells posting nine and Derek Kennedy posting six.