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Montevallo cleans the glass to beat CSU

MONTEVALLO, Ala. – In a rematch of the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship game, Montevallo used a 46-28 rebounding advantage to down Columbus State 81-71 in the PBC opener for both teams Saturday evening. The game took place in BankTrust Arena in Montevallo, AL.

It is the 11th consecutive loss for the Cougars against Montevallo, a streak that dates back to February 8, 1982. It is also the ninth consecutive season that CSU has lost its PBC opener.

It was a back-and-forth affair in the first half as neither team had a lead larger than six points.

The Falcons (5-3, 1-0) raced out to an early 5-2 lead thanks in part to a Jonas Brown three in the first minute of the game. Idell Bell answered with a three-pointer of his own to tie the game at five-all with 15:36 showing on the clock.

After the two sides exchanged baskets, UM rolled off six straight points to take a 15-9 lead midway through the first half.

Columbus State (4-3, 0-1) battled back however, as Adam McLeod hit a jumper and BJ Battle connected on a trifecta to bring the score to 15-14.

A minute later, Dimitri Davis gave CSU its first lead of the game as he laid one in to make the score 16-15 with 8:18 left in the half.

The lead would change two more times until Montevallo took the lead for good in the game on a Drico Hightower layup that made the score 22-21 late in the opening 20 minutes of action.

With 1:11 left in the half, Rory Miller brought the Cougars within two (32-30) with a basket but Ryan May went down the court and responded with a three-pointer. A pair of Winford Ivey free throws with six seconds seemed to be the final play of the first half but May raced down the floor once again and connected on yet another three that beat the buzzer to make the score 38-32 at the break.

The Falcons came out firing in the second half as Troran Brown knocked down back-to-back threes which stretched the lead to 44-36.

Montevallo continued to stretch its lead going on the only sustained run of the night outscoring the Cougars 16-4 in a seven minute and 47 second stretch. The spurt iced the game and made the score 62-43 midway through the half.

The Cougars didn't quit however battling back to get within 12 (76-64) on a BJ Battle three-pointer with 1:11 left in the game. CSU did get within single-digits at 79-70 but it was to late as the Falcons held on for the victory.

Rory Miller and Dimitri Davis paced the offense for Columbus State scoring 13 points apiece. Miller went 5-for-9 from the field.

Winford Ivey dished out a game high eight assists for the Cougars.

Four players scored in double-figures for Montevallo as Drico Hightower led the way with a game high 19 points. Troran Brown (17), Jonas Brown (12) and Ryan May (11) all hit double digits for the Falcons as well.

Marvin Fitzgerald grabbed a game high 14 rebounds.

As a team, Montevallo shot 46.9 percent (23-for-49) including going 8-for-17 from three-point range. The Cougars shot 35.2 percent (19-for-54) and just 22.7 percent (5-for-22) from long range.

Columbus State will play one final game before the Christmas break taking on Clayton State in Morrow, GA on Monday, December 17. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in at the Athletics & Fitness Center.

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