September 23

Comeback Falls Short, No. 10 Argos Drop Close Contest To AUM

first_imgNext Game: Preview at North Alabama 1/25/2018 – 8:00 PM Full Schedule Roster PENSACOLA, Fla. – UWF men’s basketball (17-2, 9-2 GSC) rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit but could not complete the comeback Sunday in the UWF Field House, falling to Auburn University Montgomery (8-10, 4-7 GSC) 73-70. Marvin Jones scored a season-high 17 points in the loss. DJ Thorpe added 16, Henri Ventoniemi scored 13, and Darryl Tucker added 11.The loss was the first the Argos have suffered since a 69-68 heartbreaker at Lee Jan. 4, and the first the program has lost at home since falling to Alabama Huntsville 76-69 on Dec. 31, 2016. UWF had won its 19th straight game at home Friday vs. West Georgia, matching a program record.”I thought Montgomery came in here, punched us in the face, and we didn’t want anything to do with it. They played terrific, they made shots. We did not play well,” said UWF head coach Jeff Burkhamer. “When you go 1 for 5 from the foul line and turn it over 13 times in the first half and give up 59% shooting, you’re going to have a deficit.”The Argos fell behind 41-25 at halftime. Ventoniemi led the team with eight first half points. The Argos had trouble slowing down the AUM attack, which shot 16 of 27 (.593) from the field and 7 of 15 (.467) from beyond the arc in the game’s first 20 minutes. The Warhawks’ Lafayette James-Core scored 18 points in the first half while grabbing three steals. The Argos committed 13 turnovers in the first vs. 9 for AUM.”I thought Henri was terrific,” said Burkhamer. “He was probably the one bright spot. He gave us a good effort.”Thorpe scored 14 of his 16 and Jones added 12 of his 17 in the second to pace a furious comeback effort. With 2:15 to play, a three by Jones cut the AUM lead down to 66-64. Two putbacks by Tucker, who scored seven in the second, kept the Argos close inside 30 seconds, but the team fell just short. A missed AUM free throw with 5.1 seconds to go and the score at 73-70 briefly gave the Argos hope that a fumbled rebounding effort quickly dashed.”I thought our effort in the second half was better. We did work and played harder in the second half, but it was just too little too late,” said UWF head coach Jeff Burkhamer. “Congratulations to them. They deserved to beat us, and we deserved to lose.”James-Core led all scorers with 24 points. AUM finished 27 of 48 (.563) from the field, while UWF shot 28 of 61 (.459). AUM made just two three-pointers in the second, but none in the game loomed larger than a Darrion Taylor triple just inside two minutes that made it 69-64. The Argos shot 6 of 19 (.316) beyond the arc. Jones and Thorpe combined to go 5 of 10 (.500) from three-point range.No. 10 UWF travels to North Alabama (10-8, 5-6 GSC) Thursday for an 8:00 p.m. matchup before heading to Alabama Huntsville (12-7, 5-6 GSC) for a 4:00 p.m. contest Saturday.”I’ve been trying to talk [with the team] about certain things. We haven’t played real well, I think, lately. I don’t think we’ve listened very well lately. I don’t think we’ve executed real well lately,” said Burkhamer. “If nothing else, you would hope this would refocus us for a very, very tough road trip coming up.”Follow along with the action at North Alabama and Alabama Huntsville on Twitter via @UWFMensBBall. For the latest on the men’s basketball team, visit Friendly Version Watch Live Live Statslast_img

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