AIKEN — In a battle of Peach Belt Conference West Division foes, Montevallo had just enough left in the tank Saturday.
Troran Brown scored a game-high 27 points and the No. 18 Falcons pulled out a 97-88 double-overtime win in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Montevallo (25-5), which defeated Georgia Regents in double overtime in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament semifinals the previous Saturday, advanced to play No. 6 Lincoln Memorial at 5 p.m. today in the second round.
Along with Brown’s effort, Ryan May added 23 points for Montevallo, while Orlando Brazier chipped in with 20 points and six rebounds.
Daryl Davis paced Georgia Southwestern with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Johathon Brooks added 23 points.
The Hurricanes (20-11) overcame a 40-33 halftime deficit to send the game into overtime. In the first overtime, Montevallo trailed by six with 1:15 to go, but Brown converted a three-point play. Then, May drained a 3-pointer to extend the game to double overtime. In the extra period, Georgia Southwestern ran out of gas, failing to score.
“They’re really good. So I was expecting that type of game,” Montevallo coach Danny Young said. “I thought we played pretty good defense in overtime. The guys probably executed better in overtime than they did in the last 10 minutes of the game.”
NO. 6 LINCOLN MEMORIAL 76, CARSON-NEWMAN 65
Tim Pierce and Vincent Bailey combined for 43 points as the Railsplitters pulled away from their South Atlantic Conference foe.
Lincoln Memorial (28-2) shot 50 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Eagles, 41-22. Pierce posted 22 points, while Bailey added 21 points and 10 boards.
Carson-Newman (19-9), led by Antoine Davis’ 17 points, shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half and went up 32-31 at intermission. Lincoln Memorial opened the second half on a 12-2 run to take a 45-34 lead with 16:35 remaining and never looked back.
“Unbelievably proud of our guys,” Lincoln Memorial coach Josh Schertz. “In the second half, we hunkered down, got stops and created some separation.”