Montevallo uses second-half surge to earn sixth consecutive win
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- At halftime, Georgia College held a slight one point lead against visiting Montevallo. However, the talent of the 10th ranked team in the nation took over in the final 20 minutes, and the Falcons left Milledgeville with an impressive 77-66 win.
The Falcons left a lot of points on the floor in the first half. In the first 20 minutes, the Falcons were only 4-13 (30.8 percent) from the free throw line. Ironically, the Falcons shot exponentially better from 3-point range, making 50 percent of their long range shots.
Leading the charge for the Falcons' offense in the first half was Shykeem Jackson, who made three of the four 3-pointers he attempted.
Montevallo was down by one at halftime, but came out of the locker room on fire. To start the half, they outscored Georgia College 21-5. Jackson hit three 3-pointers and had 11 points during the run.
The Bobcats were never able to catch back up with the Falcons. After the initial surge, the Falcon lead stayed in the double digits the rest of the way. When the buzzer finally sounded, the Falcons had their sixth consecutive win overall, and their fifth win on the road in a row, by the final score of 77-66.
In all, Jackson had 20 points on the night to lead Montevallo. He was 6-9 from beyond the arc and 7-10 from the field.
Larry Slaughter thrived in his new starting role and was second on the team in scoring. Slaughter hit all seven all of his field goal attempts and had 16 points overall.
Ryan May made 50 percent of his shots from the field and converted on all three of his free throws for a total of 13 points.
Senior Orlando Brazier was the fourth Falcon to score in double digits. He scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was tied with Slaughter for the team lead in rebounds.
The Bobcats' Terrell Harris was the leading scorer in the game. Harris had 22 points on 9-15 shooting.
Barry 94, No. 6 Florida Southern 76
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Sixth-ranked Florida Southern got off to a slow start and couldn't recover as Barry shot 53 percent from the field and hit 11 3-pointers to post a 94-76 victory against the Moccasins in Sunshine State Conference action at the Health and Sports Center.
The Mocs, who trailed by as much as 20 points with a little over eight minutes left in the first half, got back in the game as they closed the first half on a 22-13 run to pull within 52-41. They then pulled within six points at 71-65 following two free throws by junior guard Kevin Capers with 9:36 left in the game.
That would be as close as the Mocs would get, though, as the Bucs closed the game on a 23-11 run to seal its win and extend its home win streak to three consecutive games and snap a seven-game losing skid to the Mocs.
With the loss, FSC fell to 19-2 overall and 8-2 in the SSC, while Barry improves to 15-4 overall and 6-4 in the SSC. The loss was the Mocs second consecutive on the road in SSC play as they saw its bid for a perfect season snapped last Wednesday following its 82-76 loss in overtime at Rollins.
Carson-Newman 79, No. 7 Lincoln Memorial 77
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. -- Seventh-ranked Lincoln Memorial nearly rallied from 13-point second-half deficit but ultimately fell short in a 79-77 loss to Carson-Newman in South Atlantic Conference action on Wednesday in Holt Fieldhouse.
Lincoln Memorial's (17-2, 13-2 SAC) loss snapped a 13-game winning streak, which was the longest for the program since opening with 15 in a row during the 2012-13 campaign. Carson-Newman (13-6, 10-5 SAC) picked up its third win in the past four games and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Railsplitters.
Vincent Bailey posted 16 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a steal in 30 minutes of action for LMU, tallying his third consecutive double-double and fourth in the past five games. Chance Jones posted 17 points despite an off night from the field, where he finished 6-for-18. Luquon Choice cashed in four 3-pointers to accumulate 15 points on the night.
Ishmael Sanders scored a game-high 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting for Carson-Newman, while Antoine Davis went 10-for-10 from the line en route to a 20-point outburst. Jared Johnson tallied 17 points, six rebounds and four assists.