MONTEVALLO – After roaring back from a 40-19 half-time deficit, the University of North Alabama men’s basketball team came up a point shy against Georgia College Saturday afternoon at the Montevallo Coca-Cola Classic. The Lions (2-4) erased the 21-point deficit with a 24-0 surge to start the second half. A basket by Marcus Landry capped the run and gave UNA a 43-30 lead with 12:51 remaining.
The Bobcats, however, were able to recover to hit key shots down the stretch. GCSU also hit four straight free throws in the closing minutes while the Lions missed five straight during the span.
Defense paved the way for the UNA comeback. After hitting 46 percent from the floor in the opening half, the Bobcats connected on just 32 percent over the final 20 minutes of play, including a 1-of-8 mark from three-point range.
Three players reached double digits in scoring for UNA. Landry’s 17 points and eight rebounds were both team highs on the day. Beaumont Beasley added 16 points while Warrick Mastin hit four three-pointers and finished with 14 points for the Lions.
North Alabama will play its third game in four days Monday night by hosting Delta State. The two schools will play a double-header at Flowers Hall with the women’s game set 6 p.m. and the men’s contest to follow at 8 p.m.
LIONS DEFEATED BY #24 MONTEVALLO
MONTEVALLO – No. 24 Montevallo shot 52 percent from the floor in the second half to pull away for a 76-60 win over the University of North Alabama men’s basketball team Friday evening at the BankTrust Arena in Montevallo.
North Alabama’s Marcus Landry scored a game-high 21 points and added 14 rebounds to complete a double-double, but the Lions were 0-for-12 from three-point range over the final 20 minutes of play.
The Falcons (3-0) led 33-29 at the break and held a slim 37-36 advantage with 15:36 remaining in the game. UNA, however, could never tie the game or take the lead in the second half. Montevallo held a 49-35 advantage in rebounding, which led to 20 second-chance points.
Beaumont Beasley added 12 points for the Lions (2-3). Ricky Davison also reached double-figures in scoring with 10 points on the night.