UNA hits record 17 three’s vs. Delta State
FLORENCE – An onslaught of three-point baskets in the second half helped the University of North Alabama men’s basketball team pull away from Delta State for a 95-75 victory Monday evening at Flowers Hall. For the game, the Lions hit a school record 17 three-pointers, including an 11-for-16 showing in the second half to improve to 3-4 on the season.
UNA held a 50-46 lead with 16:00 remaining before hitting its next six shots from long range. The Lions added a pair of layups during a 22-3 run to take a 72-49 lead with 10:26 remaining.
Six different UNA players had three-pointers in the game including Ricky Davison, who was 5-for-9 from beyond the arc. Warrick Mastin’s three-point basket at the 6:18 mark broke the previous record of 14, set against Trevecca in 1998.
Delta State (2-4) jumped out to an early 21-13 lead before the Lions scored 10 straight points to grab a 23-21 lead with 8:03 left in the half. UNA was able to take a 40-37 lead at the break by going 6-of-14 in the opening stanza and never trailed in the second half.
Five players reached double digits in scoring for the Lions. Sam Buxton led the way with 19 points after hitting 7-of-9 shots from the floor and 3-for-4 from three-point range. Davison and Beaumont Beasley added 15 points each while Nick Luttrell had 14 points and Mastin tossed in 11 points on the night.
Browns led Delta State with a game-high 20 points for the game.
LIONS GIVE STRONG EFFORT IN LOSS TO #2 LADY STATESMEN
FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama women’s basketball team went six minutes without scoring in the second half to allow second-ranked Delta State to pull away for a 63-44 victory Monday evening at Flowers Hall. DSU (5-0) used a 9-0 run during the Lions’ dry spell to turn a 37-34 advantage into a double-digit lead. UNA would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way to fall to 1-3 on the season.
Three players reached double digits in scoring for the Lady Statesmen, including Bug Cooper who had 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists on the night.
UNA was led by Niala Harris’ game-high 19 points. The senior was 7-of-11 from the floor, but hit just 5-of-11 shots from the free throw line. Sequoyah Cliff added 11 points and a team-high six rebounds for the Lions.
North Alabama led by as many as seven in the opening 20 minutes of play and trailed 29-27 at the break. The Lions, however, hit just five field goals in the second half, including a 1-of-4 showing from three-point range.
Delta State held a 38-30 edge in rebounding, including 13 on the offensive end of the court which led to 19 second-chance points.