MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The University of Montevallo men's basketball team clinched its third straight Peach Belt Conference West Division Championship Sunday evening with a commanding 85-72 victory over the visiting Young Harris Mountain Lions.
Montevallo jumped out to an incredible start in the first five minutes of the game, leading 15-3 when Young Harris called a 30 second timeout with 15:14 left in the half. The two catalysts for this run were Troran Brown and Silas Mills. The two combined for 13 points and made all the field goals they attempted, including a Brown three-pointer.
For the rest of the first half, the Falcons were able to maintain control, extending their lead to 18 at one point. At halftime, they held an 11 point advantage over the Mountain Lions, 46-35.
Brown and Mills continued to shine for Montevallo for the rest of the first half, combining for 30 of the team's 46 points at the break. Mills was a perfect 7-for-7 in the first, recording 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Brown made four of his seven three-point shots in the first half.
As a team, the Falcons shot 58.3% in the opening half.
In the second half, Young Harris fought hard, but the Montevallo run to start the game proved to be too much for the visitors to overcome.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Falcons were able to celebrate a third straight West Division title, winning 85-72.
Montevallo's shooting did not drop off much in the second frame, as they were able to shoot 56% in the half and a remarkable 57.4% for the game.
Brown and Mills led the way for the Falcons, each scoring 18 points, but it was a much more balanced attack in the final 20 minutes.
Larry Slaughter thrived in a starting role, falling just shy of a double-double, scoring nine points and recording nine boards. The junior shot 80% from the field.
Da-Juan Cooper logged 23 quality minutes off the bench, scoring 14 points on 66.7% shooting.
Ryan May chipped in 10 points.
The final regular season game for Montevallo will be this Saturday, March 1st, against this same Young Harris squad.
Tip-off in Young Harris is set for 2:30 p.m.