DAYTON, TN - The Montreat College men's basketball team dropped a tough 81-72 decision to Bryan College in Appalachian Athletic Conference action on Saturday.
The Cavaliers (19-7, 12-7 AAC) held a 36-34 advantage at halftime but allowed the host Lions to build momentum late in the second half and take away the victory.
Alonzo Mobley (SO/Lincolnton, NC) led the team with 23 points and added five rebounds. David Everage (JR/Las Vegas, NV) scored 18 points while Terrel Sheffey added 10 points. The Cavaliers shot 47% (26-55) from the field but committed 18 turnovers while being out-rebounded 36-23.
The team will travel to take on Bob Jones University on Monday, February 13th at 7:00pm in their final non-conference game of the season.
DAYTON, TN - The Montreat College women's basketball team dropped a 78-62 decision to Bryan College on Saturday in Appalachian Athletic Conference action.
The Cavaliers (9-15, 6-14 AAC) fell behind 18-11 after the first period and were down eight points at halftime. Bryan went on a decisive run in the third period to put the game out of reach and take the victory.
Arianna Williams (SO/Lawrenceville, GA) led the Cavaliers with 19 points on 7-12 shooting to go along with five rebounds. Darah DeWalt (SO/Charlotte, NC) scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Jasmine Celestin (JR/Apopka, FL) also had seven rebounds and four steals.
The Cavaliers will host Columbia College in their final home contest on Wednesday, February 15th at 5:30pm.
BLUEFIELD, VA - The Montreat College men's basketball team overcame a late deficit to force overtime before claiming a 110-107 victory over Bluefield College in a pivotal Appalachian Athletic Conference matchup.
The Cavaliers (19-6, 12-6 AAC) led in the early stages of the game but Bluefield would control most of the first half and went into the break up 57-51. Montreat would briefly regain the lead when Austin Butler (FR/Morganton, NC) connected on three free throws to make the score 66-65 with 13:23 to play but the Rams would respond and take back the lead. The Montreat deficit would grow to 10 with 3:03 left to play but the Cavaliers would not go away and cut into the lead in the final minutes of play. Consecutive three-pointers by Alonzo Mobley (SO/Lincolnton, NC) and Butler cut he lead to 95-90 with 1:49 to play. After a Bluefield score, David Everage (JR/Las Vegas, NV) matched it with a bucket of his own. Montreat then forced a turnover which led to Terrell Sheffey (FR/Yorktown, VA) knocking down a three-pointer with 13 seconds to play to make the score 97-95 in favor of the Rams. A subsequent Montreat foul led to free throws for Bluefield and they connected on the second to push the lead to three points with 11 seconds left in regulation. On the final possession, D.J. Caldwell (SO/Charlotte, NC) found just enough space in the corner to get off a three-point shot at the buzzer and it found the back of the net, knotting the game at 98-98 to force overtime.
In the overtime frame, the two teams would exchange the lead several times before Mobley knocked down a shot with 1:24 to play that put Montreat up 107-105. Sheffey would hit a couple of free throws to pad the lead to four before Butler hit a free throw in the final seconds to seal the big comeback win for Montreat.
In a game where numerous players came up with big plays at crucial times for Montreat, Alonzo Mobley was the star as the sophomore led the team with 36 points and 11 rebounds. The sophomore hit 3-4 three-pointers and was 9-11 from the free throw line. Jeron Hemphill (SO/Morganton, NC) was 7-10 from the field and 4-5 from the line as he contributed 18 points and six rebounds while D.J. Caldwell and Terrell Sheffey each added 14 points. The Cavaliers shot 50% (38-76) from the field and shot at a 39% (13-33) clip from the three-point line.
With the win, the Cavaliers remain in third place in the AAC, just a half-game behind Reinhardt in the standings. The team will continue their end-of-season road show on Saturday, February 18th when they face Bryan College at 4:00pm.