CARROLLTON, Ga., – After watching a 13-point lead slip away in the second half, the University of North Alabama men's basketball team outscored West Georgia 13-8 in overtime Thursday evening to come away with an 80-75 road win in Gulf South Conference play.
The win gives the Lions a 6-2 GSC record and first-place tie in the conference standings.
UNA led 39-33 at the half and held a 51-38 advantage with 13:45 remaining before the Wolves rallied to tie the game at 67-67 in the final minute. Both teams had chances to take the lead in the closing seconds of regulation. After UWG had a shot clock violation with 1.2 seconds remaining, North Alabama failed to get off a shot of its own, forcing the extra period.
After failing to score in the first 40 minutes of play, Jere Vucica and Keynan Jackson combined for seven points in overtime to jumpstart the Lions. Bruce Adams also added four of his 19 points in the extra period as UNA improved to 13-3 on the season.
West Georgia (7-9 overall, 4-4 GSC) struggled from the free throw line all night, hitting just 15-of-32 attempts. North Alabama had trouble capitalizing, however, committing a season-high 25 turnovers.
DeAndre Hersey led the Lions with 21 points and also pulled down 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season for UNA. The senior had to watch the final 2:43 of regulation from the bench after picking up his fifth foul. Adams added 14 rebounds on the night for his second double-double of the year while Rashaun Claiborne rounded out the top scorers for North Alabama with 18 points.
UNA will host West Alabama Saturday in another key GSC contest. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. at Flowers Hall.