Auburn Montgomery walked off the court on the wrong end of a walk-off 3-pointer for the second time during Gulf South Conference play. This time, West Alabama’s Kuran Garner provided the dagger with one second on the clock to lift the Tigers to a 66-65 victory over the visiting Warhawks.
The teams combined for 12 points in the final minute, and the lead changed hands five times during that span. Auburn Montgomery had its own clutch 3-pointer when Travis Anderson made a shot from outside the arc to give the Warhawks a 65-63 advantage with five seconds left. Garner’s 3-pointer from the right wing erased that potential game-winner.
Neither team got much going offensively in the first half, with the teams carrying a 19-19 tie into halftime. In the second half, the Warhawks shot 66.7 from the field overall and were 6 of 8 on 3-pointers. West Alabama (14-4 overall, 10-4 GSC) had five fewer field goals and two fewer 3-pointers after halftime. The Tigers stayed in the game at the free throw line, hitting 17 of 19 in the second half. Auburn Montgomery (8-10 overall, 6-8 GSC) was 4 of 5 from the free throw line in the second half and missed its only first-half free throw attempt. The Warhawks were called for 19 fouls, and West Alabama had eight fouls. Auburn Montgomery did not reach the bonus situation in either half.
Shardarrion Allen had 23 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals for West Alabama. Allen and Allison combined to go 17 for 17 at the free-throw line. Anderson had 10 points and eight assists for the Warhawks, while James Graham had 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.
AUM lost on a final play 3-pointer against Montevallo earlier this season.
UAH 99, Montevallo 69: The Chargers, playing at home for the first time in 16 days, celebrated the return to Spragins Hall by putting up 60 first-half points and leading by 27 points at halftime in the Gulf South Conference game. The Chargers made 13 3-pointers in the first half.
UAH (15-5 overall, 10-4 GSC) cruised to the impressive win in the second half. Luke Burnett and Max Shulman each had seven 3-pointers for the Chargers. Burnett had 26 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Shulman had 25 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal. UAH finished with 21 3-pointers.
Montevallo's Braxton Bertolette had 24 points, while Mason Shifflett had 19 points and five 3-pointers. The Falcons fell to 8-11 overall and 6-9 in conference.
UNA 78, Central Arkansas 73: The Lions used a 10-0 run that began with just over six minutes remaining to erase a five-point deficit. UNA held on down the stretch for to snap a five-game losing skid in ASUN Conference play.
The Lions (10-10 overall, 2-5 ASUN) were led by Jacari Lane, who had 19 points and Daniel Ortiz added 16 points. Damian Forest had 13 points and 10 rebounds. UNA won the battle of the boards, 45-34. Central Arkansas fell to 6-14 overall and 1-6 in conference play.
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