FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama men's basketball team forced a season-high 26 turnovers to pick up an 82-64 home victory over Ouachita Baptist Thursday evening at Flowers Hall. The win gives the Lions a 6-2 record on the season and avenges a 75-74 loss to OBU one week ago on the Tigers' home floor.
Five players reached double figures in scoring for UNA. The defensive effort, however, proved to be difference in the game. Ouachita went 0-for-4 from three-point range in the first half, then shot just 36 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes of play.
A layup by Beaumont Beasley gave UNA a 22-12 lead with 10:57 remaining in the first half and the Lions kept the lead in double digits the rest of the night. UNA led 45-34 at the break.
North Alabama opened the second half on a 10-3 run to grab a 55-27 lead. OBU would get no closer than 13 points the rest of the way. The largest lead of the night came after a layup by Nathan Spehr put the Lions on top 78-54 with 6:16 remaining.
Beasley finished with a game-high 19 points and added eight rebounds for UNA. Warrick Mastin and Wes Long added 15 points each while Theron Jenkins totaled 12 points and a team-high five steals on the night. Nick Luttrell rounded out the top scorers for the Lions with 11 points on the night. As a team, UNA's 14 steals was a season-best.
Ouachita Baptist (5-3) was led by Emmanuel Engulu's 15 points.
UNA will be off for the next 10 days before traveling to face New Orleans on Dec. 18. The UNA women's team will also make the trip for the double-header set to begin at noon. The men's game is scheduled for a 2:30 tip-off.