Late Davis 3-pointer gives Warhawks 50-47 win against Mobile | Schools
Sophomore Quay Davis sank a go-ahead 3-pointer with eight seconds to play, lifting the Auburn Montgomery men’s basketball team to a 50-47 victory over Mobile Saturday at the AUM Gymnasium.
With the win, the Warhawks improved to 11-12 on the season and 9-7 in Southern States Athletic Conference play. The victory also completed a regular-season sweep of the Rams (14-13, 7-10 SSAC).
“We won this game because of defense,” head coach Larry Chapman said. “When we started to defend, scrap, hustle and rotate we were able to get back in the game. I thought it was very admirable of our guys to recover from a poor first half. This win was a team effort.”
Davis was one of two AUM players to finish in double figures, posting 12 points, while junior Reshad Bickham led all players with 14 points and a team-leading seven rebounds. Fellow junior Dominique Ellis added six points, four rebounds and four steals.
The Warhawks struggled in the opening half, both shooting the ball and possessing it. AUM converted just 28 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, while committing 13 turnovers.
Freshman Tristen Harrell scored on their first offensive possession, giving the Warhawks their lone lead of the opening half. Mobile responded with the next seven points and led by as many as nine points in the period, following a free throw by Chris Richardson with 7:14 remaining in the half. Despite the deficit, AUM trailed by just five at the half, 24-19.
In the second half, Mobile extended its lead to eight points, 33-25, with 13:14 remaining in regulations. However, the Warhawks answered with an 18-3 spurt during the next 6:34 and flipped the margin to a seven-point advantage, 43-36, on a lay-up by sophomore Justin Zachary.
Leading by seven points with 5:45 to play, AUM watched as the Rams battled back and tied the score on a trey by Richardson that banked in off the glass with 37 seconds to play. The shot simply set the stage for Davis, who came free off a screen and drained the 3-pointer off a pass from junior LaRel Jackson. Richardson’s attempt at the buzzer was blocked by Bickham to preserve the win.
For the game, AUM finished 18-of-43 from the floor, thanks to shooting better than 61 percent in the second half. The Warhawks turned the ball over just six times in the second half and outscored the Rams 11-7 from the free throw line.
Kevin Calloway led Mobile with 12 points, while Richardson added nine points.
AUM will return to action on Monday, Feb. 18, when it hosts local foe Huntingdon College at 7 p.m.
Source: AUM Sports Information Director