N. Alabama slays No. 22 W. Georgia
Jenkins records eighth double-double of season to propel Lions
FLORENCE, Ala. -- Theron Jenkins recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead North Alabama to a 67-62 win against No. 22 West Georgia on Thursday evening at Flowers Hall. The win evens the Lions’ GSC record at 4-4 on the year and secures the season sweep of the Wolves. West Georgia falls to 18-4 on the season with two of the team’s four losses coming to UNA.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 Bellarmine 90, Wisconsin-Parkside 71|
|No. 7 Kentucky Wesleyan 84, No. 23 UIndy 67|
|No. 8 Southern Indiana 67, St. Mary's 59|
|No. 9 Northern Kentucky 76, Lewis 70|
|No. 12 Alabama-Huntsville 68, West Alabama 55|
|No. 15 Christian Brothers 79, West Florida 66|
|No. 18 Western Washington 81, W. Oregon 81|
|No. 19 Bowie State 58, Virginia Union 48|
|North Alabama 62, No. 22 West Georgia 55|
Three-point shooting helped the home team once again as the Lions (12-8 overall) connected on 8-of-20 attempts from long range. During UNA’s four-game home stand, the Lions hit 41 three-pointers, going 3-1 during the stretch with the lone loss coming at the hands of No. 12 Alabama-Huntsville.
West Georgia made just five three-point baskets and also struggled from the free throw line. The Wolves were just 9-of-22 from the charity stripe on the night.
North Alabama held a 35-28 lead at the half, after Beaumont Beasley found Nathan Spear for a three-pointer with two seconds remaining.
UWG, however, responded in the opening minutes of the second half. The Wolves used a 9-0 run to grab a brief 37-35 lead at the 17:47 mark. West Georgia led by as many as four over the final 20 minutes of play but could never pull away.
A pair of free throws by Jenkins broke a 62-62 tie with 1:22 remaining and the Lions maintained the lead down the stretch by going 5-of-6 from the foul line.
Beasley finished the game with 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers. West Georgia was led by Da’Ron Sims, who recorded a game-high 25 points for the game.