GREENVILLE, SC - The Montreat College men's basketball team picked up their second win in less than 24 hours, defeating Piedmont International University 96-77 on Saturday afternoon in their final game in the Bob Jones Bruins Invitational.
The Cavaliers (4-0) shot 24-44 (55%) in the first half to help propel them to a 62-40 lead going into halftime. Montreat also hit six three-pointers in the first half while limiting the Crusaders to 37% shooting. The Cavaliers used their big lead to give some younger players playing time in the second half and ended up having sixteen players collect minutes on the floor with fourteen of them finding their way to the scoring column.
Austin Butler (FR/Morganton, NC) was one of four Montreat players in double-figure scoring, leading the team with 20 points on 6-8 shooting, including a 5-7 clip from three-point range. David Everage (JR/Las Vegas, NV) was a strong presence in the post, scoring 16 points while collecting nine rebounds. Patrick Roulette (SO/Fort Lauderdale, FL) scored 13 points while Alonzo Mobley (SO/Lincolnton, NC) scored 10 for the Cavaliers, who pushed their winning streak to four games to start the season.
Montreat will open up Appalachian Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, November 16th when they host St. Andrews University. Tipoff in McAlister Gymnasium is set for 7:30pm.
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Montreat College women's basketball team picked up a crucial non-conference road win on Friday night, topping Johnson & Wales 64-59.
The Cavaliers jumped out to a 21-18 lead after the first period and outscored the Wildcats 15-6 in the second period to take a 36-24 lead going into halftime. In the third period, the two teams traded baskets and Montreat took a 55-42 lead heading into the final frame. In the fourth period, the Wildcats used a 14-3 run to cut the Montreat lead to 58-56 with 2:25 to play. A basket from Katie Dillon (SO/Charlotte, NC) put the Cavaliers back up 60-56 but a bucket and subsequent free throw by Johnson & Wales made the score 60-59 with 37 seconds left to play. Despite mounting pressure, the Cavaliers responded in the final seconds as Darah DeWalt (SO/Charlotte, NC) hit two free throws and Demeria Robinson (SO/Salisbury, NC) hit a layup to seal the win.
Robinson led the way for the Cavaliers (2-1) with 21 points on 8-16 shooting. DeWalt contributed 11 points while Sienna Hicks (FR/Greenville, SC) and Katie Dillon both added eight points. The Cavaliers overcame a tough shooting night, hitting only 23-65 (35%) from the field but they used tough defense to curtail the Wildcats offense, holding them to 35% shooting and only 2-15 from the three-point line.
The team will be back in action on Monday, November 14th when they travel to face Gardner-Webb in an exhibition matchup. Tipoff is set for 11:00am.
GREENVILLE, SC - The Montreat College men's basketball team picked up an 83-79 win over Columbia International University on Friday night at the Bruins Invitational, hosted by Bob Jones University.
The Cavaliers (3-0) found themselves in a tight battle all evening with a tough Rams squad and took a 36-35 lead into halftime. In the second half, the two sides continued to go back-and-forth but Montreat was able to keep an advantage courtesy of timely scoring and aggressive offensive play that led to 31 free throw attempts in the second half alone.
Alonzo Mobley (SO/Lincolnton, NC) filled up the stat sheet for the Cavaliers, scoring 15 points while grabbing 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Mobley also led the team with three blocks and three steals. Austin Butler (FR/Morganton, NC) led the team with 16 points on 5-8 shooting, including hitting 3-6 three-point attempts. Amire Lewis (SO/Bronx, NY) had 11 points and 8 rebounds while Terrell Sheffey (FR/Yorktown, VA) had 13 pints and a team-high three assists.
The Cavaliers continue action in the Bruins Invitational on Saturday when they take on Piedmont International at 2pm.