The University of West Alabama’s bid to reach to the Gulf South Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament fell short with a 69-56 setback to in-state rival Montevallo on Saturday at Pruitt Hall. The winner of the contest earned the final spot from the GSC East into the league event.
With the 13-point win, the Falcons (12-15, 5-7 GSC) avenged a 73-62 win by the Tigers on UM’s home floor. The Purple and Gold turned in a 55 percent shooting night and forced 18 UWA (10-17, 3-9 GSC) miscues in the affair. The Falcons started hot from the floor and never looked back, starting the game shooting 63 percent in the opening half. UM pushed its lead out to 11-2 at the 15:32 mark of the first half and expanded out to as many as 15 points on three occasions and carried that margin into the halftime break at 39-24.
Anthony Brown led the offensive output for UM with a game-high 17 points. Terrill Humphrey, who did not play in the first meeting with UWA, finished with 16 points.
Junior Tyler Roden came off the bench to lead the Red and White in scoring with nine points, all on three-pointers. Three Tigers added eight points apiece – Brian Murphy, Layton Knight and Cavin Payton. The setback closes the book on the 2007-08 season with a final mark of 10-17 and 3-9 in GSC competition. Prior to the contest, UWA honored its four seniors – Michael Billings, Knight, Abdoulaye N’diaye and Taige Adderley.