Warrick Mastin helped the North Alabama men's basketball team get off to a fast start and Beaumont Beasley helped the Lions secure the victory in a 65-56 home win over West Alabama Saturday afternoon at Flowers Hall. The two seniors combined for 34 points as UNA improved to 13-8 overall and 5-4 in league action.
In the first half, Mastin scored 16 of his game-high 23 points. The senior from Muscle Shoals connected on a pair of three-point baskets and was 4-of-5 from the free throw line in the opening 20 minutes of play. Mastin's half-time points, however, represented more than half of the Lions' total points as UNA entered the break trailing 35-30.
Beasley took over in the second half, scoring eight of his 11 points and getting two key assists on a pair of three-point baskets in the final four minutes of play. With the Lions clinging to a 54-50 lead, Beasley found Nathan Spear in the corner for a three-pointer with 3:28 remaining.
After the Lions got a blocked shot by Theron Jenkins at the other end of the court, Beasley again drove the lane and kicked out to Wes Long. The sophomore drilled another three-pointer to put UNA ahead 60-50 with 2:57 remaining.
Following another defensive stop, Beasley completed the Lions' 8-0 run with a basket at the 2:13 mark to give UNA a 12-point lead. It was the largest lead of the day for the Lions, who held a double-digit lead until a West Alabama jumper in the final 20 seconds made the final score 65-56.
Long finished the game with 11 points while Jenkins added 13 rebounds for North Alabama. The Tigers (6-16 overall, 3-6 GSC) were led by Steven Samuels' 17 points on the day.
UNA will be back in action on Thursday with a GSC road contest at West Florida. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the UWF Field House in Pensacola, Fla.