BARBOURVILLE, KY - Fresh off the heels of their thrilling victory over Milligan at home on Wednesday night, the Montreat College men's basketball team faced a tough encore, hitting the road to take on #6 Union (KY) on Saturday. The young Cavaliers squad proved to be up for the challenge, giving the Bulldogs fits before eventually falling short, 86-72.
Montreat showed no signs of a letdown early, keeping pace with the nationally ranked Bulldogs throughout the first half. After going back and forth in the frame, Union would take a 39-34 lead into halftime. The Cavaliers quickly cut that lead to three points after Alonzo Mobley (SO/Lincolnton, NC) opened up the scoring with a basket but Union would eventually build up a double-digit lead with 16:50 to play.
The Cavaliers refused to go away, hanging around and using a three-pointer from Sam McKinney (FR/Bakersville, NC) to cut the lead to 59-54 with 9:22 to play. Union would again build a double-digit advantage only to see the Cavaliers get it down to eight points courtesy of a Myles Marshall (JR/Brooklyn, NY) three-point play with 2:32 to go. The Bulldogs immediately responded with a three-pointer and sealed the win with free throws in the closing minutes.
Myles Marshall led the Cavaliers with 15 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Sean Doman (SO/Queens, NY) added 10 points while dishing out five assists while Amir Davis (FR/Charlotte, NC) filled the stat sheet with 9 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Montreat will return to action on Wednesday, February 3rd when they travel to take on Truett-McConnell in AAC action. Tipoff is set for 7:30pm.
BARBOURVILLE, KY - The Montreat College women's basketball team dropped a contest to Union (KY) 103-55 on Saturday night in Appalachian Athletic Conference play. The loss drops the Cavaliers to 10-12 overall and 6-8 in the AAC.
The Bulldogs got rolling early, hitting on 18-35 shots in the fist half, including five three-pointers. Meanwhile the Cavaliers, playing without Arianna Williams (FR/Lawrenceville, GA), failed to get going offensively, hitting on only 11-37 shots in the fist hall as the Bulldogs built a 17 point lead. That lead would continue to grow in the second half as the short-handed Cavaliers were no match for the hot-shooting Bulldogs.
Niroshka Perez (JR/Asheville, NC) led the Cavaliers with 14 points while Darah DeWalt (FR/Charlotte, NC) added 12 points and nine rebounds. Hannah Calloway (SO/Swannanoa, NC) also scored 12 points while Shannon Jackson (SR/Charleston, SC) pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Montreat will be back in action on Wednesday, February 3rd as they travel to take on Truett-McConnell College. Tipoff is set for 5:30pm.
MONTREAT, NC - In front of a loud, sell-out crowd at McAlister Gymnasium on Wednesday night, the Montreat College men's basketball team got back in the win column in a big way, knocking off Appalachian Athletic Conference rival Milligan, 71-60.
Despite the final outcome, it was the visiting Buffaloes who got off to a fast start, racing to a 22-7 lead midway through the first half. The Cavaliers would soon come to life, chipping away at the lead until Alonzo Mobley (SO/Lincolnton, NC) completed a three-point play to give the Cavs a a 25-24 lead with just under six minutes to play in the half. A basket from Sean Doman (SO/Queens, NY) gave Montreat a 30-25 lead but the Buffaloes would close the gap late in the half and take a 36-35 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Cavaliers went without a field goal for the first 5:03 of the frame until Doman knocked down a basket to cut the Milligan lead to 44-41. The Buffaloes would grow their lead to seven points and would stay out in front until another Doman bucket tied the game at 58-58 with 4:30 left to play in the contest. From there the Cavaliers would take command, scoring the final 12 points of the contest to pull away with the victory. The Cavalier defense clamped down late, holding Milligan to only one field goal for the final 8:39 of the game, while going on a 23-5 run to close out the match.
Sean Doman led three Cavs in double figures with 14 points on 6-11 shooting. Spencer Norris (FR/Sylva, NC) chipped in 13 points, including a pair of big three-pointers down the stretch to pad the lead for the Cavaliers. Ryan Bethoney (SR/Tampa, FL) added 11 points and eight rebounds while Amir Davis (FR/Charlotte, NC) led all players in rebounds with 10 to go along with seven points.
Montreat held a 54-44 rebounding advantage and forced 12 turnovers from the Buffaloes. Both teams struggled to score as the Cavaliers held Milligan to 31% shooting (22-71) while connecting on 37% (27-62) of their own shots.
Montreat will return to action on Saturday, January 30th as they take on #6 Union College. Tipoff is set for 6pm.