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FLORENCE – Christian Brothers continued its recent dominance over the University of North Alabama men's basketball team Thursday, winning 87-73 at Flowers Hall to extend its streak to eight straight games in the series.
Pat Graham hit nine three-point baskets and finished with a game-high 31 points to lead the Buccaneers, who improve to 13-6 overall and 8-3 record in Gulf South Conference play. With the loss, UNA drops to 16-4 overall and 9-3 in GSC play, falling out of first place in the league standings.
CBU wasted little time taking control. The Bucs shot 52 percent from the floor in the first half while the Lions missed their first seven shots of the game and didn't score until the 13:46 mark.
The Lions got a buzzer-beating jumper by Keynan Jackson to enter the half trailing 37-22.
Christian Brothers was able to extend its lead over the final 20 minutes of play before holding off a late rally by the Lions. The Bucs led by as many as 24 points in the second half. A dunk by Drew Hildreth made the score 58-34 with 10:18 remaining.
North Alabama managed to cut the lead to single digits before CBU closed the game on a 7-2 spurt. A layup by Rashaun Claiborne made the score 80-71 in the final minute of play but the Lions could get no closer.
For the game, the Buccaneers finished with 13 three-pointers. UNA was just 4-of-24 from long-point range and did not make a three-pointer until Wes Long connected with 9:51 to play.
Claiborne finished with 14 points to lead the Lions. Long added 11 points on the night while Bruce Adams and Tyler Pritchard had 10 points each.
UNA will host Delta State on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. at Flowers Hall.