Montevallo's Big Second Half Sinks Pirates, 91-71

Montevallo's Big Second Half Sinks Pirates, 91-71

MONTEVALLO, Ala. - The University of Montevallo shot 66 percent from the field in a 52-point second half to knock off visiting Armstrong State University, 91-71, in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball action on Monday evening in Montevallo, Ala.

The Falcons improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the PBC with the win, while Armstrong State fell to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in the league with the loss. The Pirates will now break for the Christmas holiday and return to action on Friday, December 30th, hosting Point University in a 3:00 p.m. non-conference contest at Alumni Arena.

Armstrong State junior Denzel Council and freshman Corey Tillery recorded back-to-back baskets in the final minute of the first half to give the Pirates a 42-39 lead at halftime. Armstrong State shot 50 percent from the floor in the half and also connected on 7-of-12 three-pointers (58.3 percent).

When the second half began, however, the Falcons made eight of their first 10 shots from the floor, starting the half on a 22-6 run over the first six minutes to build a 61-48 lead and cruise to the win. Montevallo ended up hitting 19-of-29 shots from the floor (65.5 percent) after halftime and knocked down 3-of-5 three-pointers and made 11-of-12 foul shots (91.7 percent).

The Pirates placed four players in double figures, led by junior KJ James' 20 points, while Tillery finished with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. Council and junior Jamison Jeffers each collected 10 points apiece.

All five starters scored in double figures for Montevallo, paced by Javonte Douglas' 22 points and Kevin Kelly's 19 points. Tony Bagtas added 13 points while Jamaar Taylor had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Talan Whitaker added 12 points.