The Lee men's basketball team got back on the winning track with a 65-55 victory over Montevallo on Thursday. Senior guard Cody Jones hit back-to-back 3-pointers with just under three minutes to …
The Lee men's basketball team got back on the winning track with a 65-55 victory over Montevallo on Thursday.
Senior guard Cody Jones hit back-to-back 3-pointers with just under three minutes to play to extend a three-point lead to nine for the Flames.
The sprinkles on the ice cream came when Michael McGuirk tossed a lob to Ryan Montgomery, who flushed it home with two hands to seal the GSC victory and end a brief two-game skid.
With the win the Flames improved to 10-7 and are now 7-2 in the GSC. The loss dropped the Falcons to 7-11 and 3-5 in league play.
"I thought we executed well down the stretch to close out the half and the game and played with great energy throughout even when shots weren't falling," said head coach Bubba Smith. "You expect seniors and veteran players to step up in big moments and we saw that tonight. Cody got in foul trouble early but he came back and hit a couple of big shots for us and we continued to play through Colton and were able to find him for good looks inside."
Blevins ended with a team-high 24 points while McGuirk added 13 and had nine rebounds. Jones joined the pair in a double-figure with his late barrage from beyond the arc and to finish with 10.
After a sluggish start to the first half, the Flames ended with a bang. Quay Kennedy electrified the home crowd with an emphatic put-back dunk with two minutes left and Michael McGurik drilled a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to give Lee a 24-17 advantage at the half.
The Lee defense kept the Flames in it while the offense got on track allowing just four points over the first eight minutes of the half. For the half Lee limited Montevallo to only 6 of 25 shooting.
The second half was more of the same as Lee showcased why it ranks second in the conference in points allowed. The Alabama club shot just 33.9 percent in the game and were only 4 of 19 from the 3-point line.
The Flames connected on 23 of 52 from the field but got things going in the second half hitting 13 of 25 and drilling 4 of 6 from 3-point range.
Micah Fuller led the Falcons with 15 points while Jeremiah Curtis had 11 and six rebounds and Wade Lowman tallied 10.
"This game was one on Monday and Tuesday in practice," noted Smith. "Our guys made a commitment to get after in practice and put last week behind us and it showed on the court tonight."
The two teams posted nearly identical numbers on the glass with Lee collecting 35 and Montevallo hauling in 34. Both clubs were guilty of 13 floor mistakes.
The Flames will wrap up a four-game home stand on Saturday afternoon hosting West Alabama at 4 p.m.
Lady Flames get
6th straight win
It wasn’t a thing of beauty, but the Lee women’s basketball team posted its sixth straight victory on Thursday. The Lady Flames improved to 8-1 in Gulf South Conference play and 14-3 overall.
Lee overcame a sluggish third quarter in winning 58-43 over the Falcons from the University of Montevallo. The loss dropped the Falcons to 5-3 in league play and 9-7 overall.
The Lady Flames will wrap up a four-game home stand Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
“We lost our focus in the third quarter and allowed Montevallo to edge closer that we would have liked,” said Lee head coach Marty Rowe after the win. “Overall, it wasn’t a bad performance but we are going to have to play better, especially when we hit the road next week against Mississippi College and Delta State.
While Abby Bertram carried much of the scoring load in the first half and finished with 15 points. Freshman Haley Schubert played tough in the second 20 minutes and finished with 16 points and four assists. Taylor Boggess countered with eight markers while Becca Cheeks pitched in with six points and a team leading eight rebounds. The Lady Flames won the rugged board battle 30-29.
Lee led 18-12 at the end of the first period, held the Falcons to just four points in the second frame and led 33-16 at the half. The scoring slowed in the third quarter with each team scoring only eight points. Montevallo outscored the Lady Flames 19-17 in the final 10 minutes, much to the dismay of Rowe.
“Although it wasn’t one of our better games, we still celebrate after every victory,” said the Lee coach.
Overall, the Lady Flames were 20 of 50 from the field and 36 and (9 of 25 from 3-point distance. They were awarded only 12 free throws and converted nine.
Nautika Philpot led the visitors with 16 points. Savannah Lee came off the bench to give her team a lift with 10 points. Kourtnie Smith led her team with six rebounds while Shyan Flack garnered five boards and Aaliyah Rice pulled down four.
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