UNA gets a come-from-behind win at Flowers Hall

UNA gets a come-from-behind win at Flowers Hall

From UNA Athletics release:

(FLORENCE, AL) - North Alabama got a layup at the buzzer to force overtime, then outscored West Alabama 11-9 in the extra period to pick up a 91-89 victory Sunday afternoon in Gulf South Conference men's basketball action. Five players reached double figures in scoring as UNA evened its record at 5-5 overall and 2-2 in GSC play.

The Lions trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half and faced a 79-76 deficit with 14 seconds remaining in regulation. After Jeff Hodge hit a jumper with 8.2 seconds left to cut the lead to a single point, the Lions fouled to send Jake Jobling to the line. The UWA guard connected on one of two foul shots to set the stage for the tying basket. Hodge took the inbounds pass and went coast to coast, scoring with 1.9 seconds remaining.

A three-point attempt by the Tigers was then off the mark to set up overtime.

In overtime, the Tigers struck first with a three-point basket by Jobling. UNA, however, responded. With the game tied at 86-86, the Lions got a basket by John Fletcher, then grabbed a defensive rebound at the other end. A missed shot by Hodge was tipped in by Bilal Richardson to give North Alabama a 90-86 lead with 13 seconds remaining.

West Alabama added a three-pointer with seven seconds left before Fletcher hit one of two foul shots to account for the final score.

UNA trailed 42-34 at the break after the Tigers shot 57.1 percent from the floor. A steal and layup at the buzzer by Acie Vance gave UWA the eight-point lead. The Lions responded in the second half by going 15-of-30 from the field.

Richardson finished with 22 points and 17 rebounds to lead UNA. The senior from Stone Mountain, Ga., grabbed seven of the Lions' 16 offensive rebounds, which led to 19 second-chance points. Austin Timms added 18 points while Hodge and Dimarrio Jackson scored 14 points each. Fletcher rounded out the top scorers for the Lions with 11 points on the day.

West Alabama (4-5 overall, 1-3 GSC) was led by Simeon Dennis' game-high 25 points.

North Alabama will host Lee on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at Flowers Hall.