Women’s hoops slips by St. Aug’s in overtime
PEMBROKE — The UNC Pembroke women’s basketball team converted on four their final five shots in overtime Wednesday night to best visiting St. Augustine’s 64-60 in an overtime thriller at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court.
It’s the third win in four games to begin the 2016 campaign for the Braves (3-1), who improve to 1-1 in Pembroke. The Falcons (2-6) have now dropped three straight this season and two of three in the series history with UNCP.
The hosts led by as many as 11 in the second half and clung to a nine-point advantage at the conclusion of the third quarter. St. Augustine’s used an 18-8 down the stretch and sent Kamya Renwicks to the charity stripe down one with 15 ticks on the clock. Fortunately for the Braves, she missed on the second to keep the game level at 50-50. The Black & Gold ran the clock down and took the final shot, but was unable to convert, sending the game to overtime.
The Braves poured in 14 points in the extra frame, six more than the fourth quarter, including a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc after shooting just 22.2 percent (4-for-18) from long range in regulation.
UNCP jumped out to a 53-50 lead on a 3-pointer by Jillian Ebron, but the Falcons scored the next five points to snag a 55-53 lead with under three minutes to play. Nyla Allen responded with a 3-pointer of her own to put the Braves back on top and Jasmine Huntley and Ebron each added another long-range missile in overtime. Jonissa Monley iced the game with a pair of free throws at the 33-second mark.
Monley uncorked a team-high 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting, while knocking down 7-of-11 freebies. She snatched five rebounds. Allen poured in a season-best 11 and pulled down 11 boards for her first double-double as a Brave. Ebron added eight points and eight rebounds.
The Braves outrebounded the guests 49-39 in a game that saw seven lead changes and four ties. The UNCP bench cashed in on 32 points, while limiting the Falcon reserves to just 11. Each side turned the ball over 20-plus times and shot in the mid-30s from the field. The Braves assisted on 18 of their 22 made baskets, paced by Huntley with five.
The Braves hit the road for a two-game road trip Saturday, heading to Newport News, Virginia for a tilt with The Apprentice School. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Apprentice Athletic Facility. UNCP is a perfect 2-0 against the Builders in series history, including an 86-61 triumph in Pembroke last season.
Men complete season sweep of Winston-Salem State
WINSTON-SALEM — A 3-pointer by Andrew Evans just less than five minutes into the game gave the UNC Pembroke men’s basketball team the lead for good as the Braves used 60 percent field goal shooting in the second half to cruise to an 84-62 win at Winston-Salem State on Wednesday evening.
The result marked the fourth-straight victory for the Braves (5-1) who will now take a 10-day hiatus from competition to focus on final exams next week. It was the third loss in the last four outings for the Rams (3-4) who also dropped an 86-72 decision to UNCP on November 19 in Pembroke.
James Murray-Boyles came off the bench to score a game-best 18 points in just 21 minutes of action for the Braves, while Andrew Evans notched his first career double-double with 16 points and 10 boards. Fellow newcomer Nigel Grant scored 17 points and finished one rebound shy of notching his second double-double of the season. Alex Bradley chipped in 16 point and nine assists in the effort as well.
William Crandell scored 17 points to pace the Rams who shot just 29.6 percent in the first half and were out-rebounded by a 47-32 disparity. Robert Colon chipped in 16 points for the hosts, while Carlos Rankins added 10.
A 3-pointer by Rankins just more than two minutes into the game helped Winston-Salem State stake claim to its only lead of the game, 3-2, but the Braves answered with a 3-pointer by Evans on the other end of the court and would never trail again. The visitors pushed their lead out to double digits, 31-21, on a fastbreak 3-pointer by Bradley with 3:46 left before intermission, and eventually carried a 35-24 advantage into the locker rooms.
The Braves will continue a three-game road trip on December 10 when it makes the short trek to Wilson to lock horns with Barton (2-4) in Wilson Gymnasium. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.