KINGSPORT, TN - The start of the 2016 Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament meant a clean slate for the eleven teams looking to make their mark in the postseason. The #10 seed Montreat College men's basketball team made their mark in dramatic fashion, using a Myles Marshall (JR/Brooklyn, NY) buzzer-beater to knock off #7 seed Point 70-68 in opening round play.
The first half was closely contested, as the teams endured five ties and five lead changes. The Cavaliers would hold their biggest lead when Amir Davis (FR/Charlotte, NC) knocked down a three-pointer to give the Cavs a 28-22 lead with 3:48 left in the half. After trading baskets, the Skyhawks would score the final five points of the half to cut the Montreat lead to 30-29.
Montreat would maintain that lead throughout the first eight minutes of the second half and took a 47-40 lead after a Chris Ketter basket with 12:28 left to play. The Skyhawks would come alive and go on a 12-0 run to take a 52-47 lead with 8:05 left in the contest. The Cavaliers refused to fade away and took a 59-58 lead when Spencer Norris (FR/Sylva, NC) knocked down a three-pointer with 3:27 to go. After Jacob Pettway hit a free throw for Point to tie the game, Amir Davis responded with another three-pointer to put the Cavaliers up 62-59 with 29 seconds left in the game. Point would find another answer as Mikal Rodgers converted a traditional three-point play with sixteen seconds to play that would notch the score at 62-62. Neither team could add points over the final few seconds of regulation, sending the game into overtime.
In the overtime period, the Skyhawks knocked down two buckets and held the Cavaliers scoreless until Myles Marshall scored with 2:09 to play to cut the Point lead to 66-64. Marshall would add two free throws on the next possession to force the tenth tie of the game at 66-66. Point would score again to go up 68-66 but Spencer Norris answered with a bucket to tie the game at 68-68 with 1:11 to play. After both teams failed to convert on their next possession, the Skyhawks had the ball with nine seconds left to play, poised to earn the victory. However, a driving Jonathan Manning was called for an offensive foul that gave Montreat the ball with 2.8 seconds to play. Facing an inbounds pass under the opponent's basket, Myles Marshall took the long pass just shy of midcourt and knocked down a running jumper at the buzzer to give Montreat a thrilling 70-68 victory.
In addition to the game-winner, Marshall had a standout performance, scoring 16 points while collecting 14 rebounds. Amir Davis led the Cavaliers with 17 points and went 5-11 from the three-point line. Alonzo Mobley (FR/Lincolnton, NC) scored 10 points to go along with eight rebounds while Spencer Norris allied ten points and five rebounds.
Montreat will advance to the AAC tournament quarterfinals where they will take on #2 seed Union tomorrow (Thursday, February 25th) at 3:30pm. You can see a live broadcast of the game HERE.
MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College men's basketball team fell to #13 Tennessee-Wesleyan 100-84 in their regular season finale on Saturday afternoon at McAlister Gymnasium.
The Cavaliers kept things close in the first half against the nationally ranked Bulldogs, leading throughout the first part of the half before going into halftime down 45-41. In the second half, the Bulldogs pushed the lead to double figures less than five minutes in and, while the Cavaliers would get the lead down to single digits on numerous occasions, it would not be enough as Tennessee-Wesleyan took the victory.
Myles Marshall (JR/Brooklyn, NY) led the Cavaliers with 22 points and eight rebounds while Christopher Ketter (JR/Hartsville, SC) scored 14 points while collecting six rebounds. Spencer Norris (FR/Sylva, NC) scored 16 points, including connecting on 3-5 three-pointers.
Montreat has earned the #10 seed in this week's AAC Tournament and will open play on Wednesday, February 24th at 10:15am against #7 seed Point University at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport, TN.
You can find the AAC Men's Basketball Tournament press release HERE.
MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat men's basketball team dropped a tough 93-87 game to local rival Warren Wilson College on Tuesday night in McAlister Gymnasium.
After an Owls basket cut an early Montreat lead to 18-16, the Cavaliers ripped off an 11-2 run to take a 29-18 lead with 7:13 left to play in the first half. Montreat would play with the lead the remainder of the frame and used a Chris Ketter basket to take a 47-41 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Owls came out firing and quickly erased the Montreat lead five minutes into the half. Warren Wilson would grow their lead to as many as nine points and maintained it until a pair of Amir Davis (FR/Charlotte, NC) free throws tied the game at 73-73 with 6:09 left to play. The teams went back and forth until a Spencer Norris (FR/Sylva, NC) free throw put the Cavaliers up 82-79 with 3:43 left to play. However, the Owls would close the game on a 14-5 run to take home the 93-87 victory.
Chris Ketter had a strong performance for Montreat, coming through with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Amir Davis knocked down three 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 20 points. Myles Marshall (JR/Brooklyn, NY) scored 16 points while Alonzo Mobley (SO/Lincolnton, NC) chipped in 13 points, five rebounds, and a pair of blocks.
The Cavaliers will wrap up the regular season on Saturday, February 20th when they host #13 Tennessee-Wesleyan at 4pm in McAlister Gymnasium.