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Top 10 Roundup: May's buzzer beater lifts Montevallo

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Montevallo came into Saturday afternoon's matchup with Columbus State undefeated and ranked 10th in the nation. The Cougars gave the Falcons all they could handle, but a 3-point shot by Ryan May as time expired gave Montevallo the 77-74 win.

Columbus State committed a costly turnover with 28 seconds remaining that gave Montevallo possession with the game tied and the shot clock off. As time ticked down, Troran Brown drove and kicked the ball out to May who nailed a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded.

Brown, a junior from Phoenix, Arizona, did not have his best shooting night, but was still effective. He scored 17 points, recorded six assists and nabbed four rebounds while only committing three turnovers.

Da-Juan Cooper tied Brown for the team lead in points. He scored 17, shooting 57 percent from the field. Cooper also grabbed nine rebounds and had several emphatic dunks during the big Montevallo run in the second half.

Coming into the game, Shykeem Jackson was third in the Peach Belt Conference in 3-point percentage and tied for third for 3-pointers made. He added to these numbers, making four of his seven 3-point attempts.

No. 2 Bellarmine 106, Ohio Valley 72

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Bellarmine turned in a dominating performance as they rolled past Ohio Valley 106-72 on Saturday night on the second day of the Holiday Inn Southwest Classic in Knights Hall.

Five different Knights scored in double figures, and no BU player logged more than 23 minutes of action. Jake Thelen turned a strong first half en route to posting a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds while playing just 19 minutes.

Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport played every available player at least five minutes as 12 players hit the scoring column for the Knights.

The team statistics speak to the spot-on performance for Bellarmine: 27 assists compared to just eight turnovers, 58.8 percent shooting while holding OVU to 41.9 percent, and owning a 42-28 rebounding advantage.

All 14 players for Bellarmine posted at least one positive statistic on a night full of highlights. Double digit scorers included Thelen (17), George Suggs (16), Vance Hall (14), Josh Derksen (11) and Tanner Gibson (10).

Bellarmine improved to 7-0 on the season while the Fighting Scots, out of the Great Midwest Conference, drop to 1-10.

No. 4 Florida Southern 93, Palm Beach Atlantic 64

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Fourth-ranked Florida Southern used a balanced offensive attack and a strong second-half defensive effort on Saturday evening as the Moccasins posted a 93-64 non-conference victory against Palm Beach Atlantic at Jenkins Field House to improve to 10-0 on the season.

With the win, the Mocs extended their homecourt win streak to nine consecutive games and their non-conference regular-season win streak to 16 consecutive games dating to last season. The 10-0 start is the 10th in school history and first since the 2009-10 squad opened the season by winning its first 13 games.

Eight Florida Southern players scored seven or more points and 12 of the 13 players that saw action scored at least two points. Sophomore guard Dominique Williams led the way offensively for the Mocs as he tallied a career-high 16 points, including 11 points in the first half off the bench. The Mocs finished the night with a 50-34 edge in bench points.

In addition to Williams, senior guards Dominic Lane and Frank Adams each scored 11 points, while senior forward Lamar McKnight chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds to give the Mocs with four double-digit scorers. Adams and McKnight combined for 19 points after halftime as Adams scored all 11 of his points in the second half.

No. 5 Western Washington 140, Multnomah 88

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Forward Jeffrey Parker came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points in just 16 minutes as Western Washington rolled to a 140-88 victory against Multnomah in a non-conference game on Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

Guards Richard Woodworth, Robert Harris, Jr. and Robert Oliver each scored 19 points for the Vikings, who are ranked No. 5 in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. WWU improved to 7-0 and extended its school-record home winning streak to 34.

Multnomah fell to 6-8. Kristoff Thande came off the bench to score a game-high 29 points for the Lions, who entered averaging 108.8 points per game. Davey Walker added 16 points.

The 228 combined points were the most ever in a WWU game, and the 140 points were just one short of the Viking record set in a 141-52 triumph over Northwest in the 1988-89 season.

The Vikings shot 66.7 percent from the field, going 58-of-87. The percentage was just short of the school record of 69.8 percent, set against Grace (Ind.), also in the 1988-89 campaign. Parker was 9-of-11 from the field, and Oliver was 6-of-6.

Forward Joey Schreiber had 16 points for WWU and guard Alfred Davis added 14.

The Vikings, who had a 64-27 advantage in rebounds, remained unbeaten in five series meetings with Multnomah. Center Austin Bragg grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and scored nine points.

WWU's last loss at Carver Gym was to Western Oregon, 83-73, on Jan. 7, 2012.

No. 6 Metro State 94, Colorado State-Pueblo 92

DENVER -- No. 6 Metro State rallied for a 94-92 win against Colorado State-Pueblo on Saturday behind 23 points from Brandon Jefferson. The Roadrunners moved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with the win, while CSUP fell to 5-3 and 3-1.

Metro State trailed by one point with 10 minutes left and outscored the ThunderWolves 23-12 during the next seven minutes to build a 10-point lead.

Jefferson made 3 of 5 from the outside and all six of his free throw attempts, helping the Roadrunners go 27-of-29 (.931) at the line in the game. Mitch McCarron hit 12 of 13 free throw attempts to score 20 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds for a double-double. Nicholas Kay scored 18 points and had eight rebounds.

Raul Delgado hit three 3-pointers and scored a season-high 15 points and sophomore Jourdon Hunter provided nine points off the bench.

No. 8 Dixie State 84, Point Loma Nazarene 82

ST. GEORGE, Utah -- Down by 15 points at the break and trailing by as many as 17 points early in the second half, eighth-ranked Dixie State staged a comeback to edge visiting Point Loma Nazarene 84-82 in Pacific West Conference action inside the Burns Arena.

The Red Storm bounced back from an abysmal 29.6 percent shooting effort in the first half to post an 18 of 30 effort in the final 20 minutes to improve to 7-0 overall and 3-0 within the PacWest. Point Loma, despite shooting 56.4 percent from the floor, fell to 6-4 on the year and 1-3 in league games.

Kimball Payne posted a career-high 17 points, 15 in the second half, on 7 of 11 shooting and DeQuan Thompson matched him on the scoresheet woth 17 points. Dalton Groskreutz and Zach Robbins each added 15. Jordan Rex led DSU with seven rebounds.

PLNU had four in double-figures with Marek Klassen leading the way with 18 points.

The Red Storm were outrebounded 32-26 but capitalized on 18 Sea Lion turnovers, converting the miscues into 24 points. PLNU bested the battle inside the paint 38-24.

No. 9 Southern Indiana 102, Virginia Union 80

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Ninth-ranked Southern Indiana soared past the century mark for the first time this season and defeated Virginia Union 102-80 on Saturday afternoon in the Bellarmine Classic. USI rises to 7-0 overall for third time in five seasons, while Virginia Union goes to 1-8.

Manny Ogunfolu led six USI players in double-figures with a career-high 20 points, scoring 12 in the second half. He was 8 of 10 from the field, 1 of 2 from long range, and 3 of 3 from the charity stripe.

Aaron Nelson followed Ogunfolu in the scoring column and recorded his seventh consecutive double-double, 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Gavin Schumann finished out the top three with 15 points, hitting three 3-pointers. Ben Jones, Lawrence Thomas, and senior forward Chuck Jones rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points each.

Senior forward Taylor Wischmeier narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

As a team, USI shot 53.6 percent (37-69) in the game, 40 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (6-15), and 73.3 percent from the line (22-30). The Eagles also outrebounded the Panthers 51-25.