Gulf South Conference co-champions UAH and West Alabama each take a first step toward adding postseason success to their resume. Both will play host to the GSC quarterfinal game on Tuesday night.
Mississippi College, the No. 8 seed, visits top seed UAH with tip-off scheduled for 7 o'clock at Spragins Hall. Second-seed West Alabama plays host to No. 7 Union with tip scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Pruitt Hall in Livingston. In another GSC quarterfinal involving a state team, No. 6 Auburn-Montgomery visits No. 3 Lee. UAH gritted out a 71-66 victory in the rematch, with Chaney Johnson contributing 27 points and 11 rebounds.
UAH faces a Mississippi College team that has given the Chargers fits this season. The Chargers had one of their worst games of the season during their visit to Mississippi College in December. The Choctaws shot 62% from the field and 54% on 3-pointers in the 92-62 win over the Chargers. UAH came back to beat the Choctaws, 71-66, behind 27 points and 11 rebounds by Chaney Johnson.
West Alabama is also playing a team that it split the season series with. The Tigers beat Union, 75-67 at Pruitt Hall on Dec. 31. Union beat the visiting Tigers, 73-56, on Feb. 18.
The GSC Tournament moves to the Pete Hanna Center on the Samford campus for the semifinals and finals. The semifinals are Saturday, and the final is on Sunday.
In other tournament action, UNA needs another upset at Eastern Kentucky to advance in the ASUN Tournament. The Lions went on the road to beat Eastern Kentucky, 98-93, in overtime on Feb. 18. UNA couldn't keep that momentum going in the final week, though, dropping home games to ASUN co-champion Kennesaw State and Jacksonville State.
Eastern Kentucky, the No. 3 seed, plays host to the No. 6 seed Lions tonight, with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. in Richmond, Kentucky. The semifinals are Thursday, and the championship game is Sunday.
UNA guard Jacari Lane was selected as the ASUN Freshman of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year. Daniel Ortiz was a member of the all-conference second team.
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