Montevallo proved once again to be a thorn in Georgia Regents’ side Saturday night.
For the third year in a row, the Falcons bounced the Jaguars from the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.
After Georgia Regents blew a late lead in regulation, No. 18 Montevallo took advantage, winning a 96-87 double-overtime thriller in the tournament semifinals in Columbus, Ga. The Falcons advanced to the Peach Belt Championship game for the third consecutive season.
Georgia Regents (23-7) was denied its first Peach Belt title game appearance since 2011. The Jaguars now enter the NCAA Division II Tournament – the Southeast Regional – as a No. 4 or 5 seed. Georgia Regents will learn its seeding and opponent during tonight’s NCAA selection show.
“It’s disappointing we lost,” Jaguars coach Dip Metress said. “But I don’t think I’ve ever had a team more ready to play in the postseason after that.”
Montevallo guard Troran Brown, the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year, was limited to 14 points when the Jaguars defeated the Falcons in December. He had 17 on 5 of 12 shooting in the first half alone this time. Brown finished with a game-high 27 points and 13 assists.
Keshun Sherrill drove to the hole for a layup to stake the Jaguars to a 69-64 lead with 1:30 to play in regulation. But Montevallo responded as Ryan May drained a 3-pointer as he got fouled by Devonte Thomas. May swished the free throw to cut the deficit to one.
Montevallo went ahead and led by two in the waning moments. With 1.4 seconds remaining, Georgia Regents guard D’Angelo Boyce lobbed a perfect pass to Harold Doby, who banked it in as he was fouled to tie the game. But Doby missed the game-winning free throw.
“He made a phenomenal catch. That tied it up,” Metress said. “Unfortunately, he didn’t make the free throw.”
In the first overtime, Devon Wright-Nelson missed a game-winning shot in the final seconds for the Jaguars. The teams remained tied midway through the second overtime until the Falcons pulled away.