Bruce Adams scored a game-high 21 points and DeAndre Hersey recorded his fifth double-double of the season as the University of North Alabama men's basketball team downed West Alabama 74-70 Saturday afternoon at Flowers Hall.
On Saturday, UNA (14-3 overall, 7-2 Gulf South Conference) committed a season-low seven turnovers while forcing the Tigers into 15 miscues for the game which featured five ties and eight lead changes.
North Alabama struggled from the floor, connecting on 30.2 percent of its field goals. The Lions, however, were able to get 29 points from the free throw line, including Hersey's 10-for-10 showing. The senior from Reform, Ala., finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds to reach double figures in both categories for the third straight game.
After trailing 37-34 at the half, UNA got back-to-back three-pointers by Nathan Spehr and Wes Long, followed by a basket by Marquel Darrington to cap an 8-0 run and take a 50-44 lead with 12:17 remaining. The Lions, however, could not pull away.
West Alabama reeled off six straight points, then used a jumper to go ahead 52-50 at the 9:21 mark. Neither team led by more than six points until the closing seconds.
With the Lions nursing a six-point lead in the final minute of play, the Tigers' Sandy Underwood connected from three-point range to make the score 70-67 with 21 seconds remaining. After hitting two free throws to extend the lead, the Lions got a defensive stop and added two more free throws to put the game out of reach.
Long finished the game with 11 points after hitting a trio of three-pointers to go along with his two foul shots.
UNA will hit the road for its next two GSC games. The Lions will play at West Florida on Thursday before playing at Valdosta State the following Saturday.