Montevallo downs USC Aiken on the backs of Brown, Johnson and company

Montevallo's Troran Brown, scored a game-high 24 points to move the Falcons to 8-1 in conference play. (Contributed)

Montevallo’s Troran Brown, scored a game-high 24 points against USC Aiken to move the Falcons to 8-1 in conference play. (Contributed)

STAFF REPORTS

MONTEVALLO, Ala. – In a rematch of last season’s Peach Belt Conference Championship Game, the University of Montevallo men’s basketball team beat the USC Aiken Pacers, 73-59.

To open up the game, the Falcons went on an 8-0 run, highlighted by two Troran Brown three-pointers that forced a Pacer timeout just over a minute into the game.

Battling back, USC Aiken was able to overcome the initial surge of the home team and eventually took the lead with 11:59 remaining the first half, 17-16.

During the next 8:25 the visitors were held scoreless and the Falcons went on a 15-0 run to climb on top 31-17.

At the half, Montevallo sustained their double-digit advantage and went to the locker room up 35-24.

In the second half, the scoreless draught in the opening period would prove to be too much to come back from for the Pacers, and they would drop to 4-5 in the Peach Belt Conference with a 73-59 loss to the rival Falcons.

Brown had a game-high 24 points for the Falcons, shooting 62.5% from the floor. The senior also grabbed six rebounds.

Junior Ibrahim Johnson came off the bench and made a serious impact. Johnson had the second most points in the game, scoring 14 points and shooting 83.3% from the field. He also was tied for the team-high for rebounds with eight.

Senior Larry Slaughter also had eight rebounds, adding to his Peach Belt leading total. Slaughter was two points and two rebounds shy of getting his seventh double-double of the year, scoring eight points.

Senior Shykeem Jackson had 13 points and seven rebounds in a game-high 38 minutes. Jackson has played the most minutes of anybody in the Peach Belt Conference.

Junior Malik Fields chipped in eight points and had six rebounds. He shot 75% from the floor and made both of his free throw attempts.

The Falcons (12-7, 8-1) will next be in action this Saturday, January 24. They will travel to Milledgeville to take on Georgia College for the second time this season.