Four days after falling 85-82 at Tuskegee, the University of North Alabama men's basketball team avenged their only loss of the season with an 88-80 win over the Golden Tigers in front of 1,837 fans at Flowers Hall. Rashaun Claiborne scored 24 points as the Lions built a double-digit lead in the second half before holding off a late Tuskegee rally.
With the win, the Lions improve to 4-1 on the season. Tuskegee falls to 2-4.
The Golden Tigers overcame double-digit deficits twice in the game, but could never pull even. In the first half, UNA led by 13 points after a basket by Devin McNeil with 3:01 remaining. Tuskegee, however, closed the half on a 13-4 run and trailed only 37-33 at the break.
In the second half, the Lions stretched the lead to 71-54 following a layup by Nathan Spehr at the 7:30 mark. Tuskegee again rallied, getting the deficit to single digits in the final two minutes of play.
North Alabama was held without a field goal in the final 2:01, but hit 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch. For the game, the Lions were 20-of-27 from the charity stripe. UNA shot 50.8 percent from the floor, including a 16-of-29 showing over the final 20 minutes of play.
Bruce Adams added 16 points for the Lions while McNeil scored 13 points and Calvin Dade tossed in 10 points on the evening. Tuskegee was led by Javier McKinney's game-high 26 points.
UNA will host Oakwood Monday evening in exhibition play. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at Flowers Hall.