Athletic News

February 07, 2011
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon Outfights Faulkner, 73-66, in Cross-Town Showdown

MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- Senior Adrian Williams' 20 point second half performance helped lift the Hawks (9-11, 2-2 GSAC) over cross-town rival Faulkner University (7-16), 73-66. Williams finished with a game-high 28 points on the night, as the Hawks outscored the Eagles 34-24 in the final period of action.


Huntingdon College's men's basketball team kept the Eagles from scoring a point in the final four minutes of the game, while the Hawks hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute sealing the victory over Faulkner by seven points.


“Our guys have been playing hard all season, and we played hard for forty-minutes tonight and luck went our way when we needed it,” said head coach Mike Pugh. “Faulkner struggled scoring late and our guys hit the boards hard in tonight's win.”


Williams also paced the Hawks with 8 rebounds, while junior Jacob Moody added 15 points in the victory. The Hawks collectively went 20-of-29 for free throws, compared to the Eagles' 12-of-15 on the night. Huntingdon shot 40.4 percent (23-of-57), while Faulkner finished 25-of-66 from the field (37.9 percent).


In a first half battle, which held ten lead changes with Faulkner coming out on top by three points, 42-39, at the break. Huntingdon opened the game with a 4-0 lead, followed by two points by Faulkner's Jake Mitchell. The Hawks led until 15:21 left in the first half, when Ayo Madamidola's layup gave Faulkner a 8-6 lead.


The Eagles extended their lead to 13-9, before the Hawks regained the lead, 18-13, after nine straight points. Faulkner worked its way back to a one point lead, 21-20, until Huntingdon gained its largest lead of the half, 28-21, with 6:33 remaining in the first period.


Moody snapped the Eagles 10-0 run, with a pair of free throws cutting the deficit down to two points, 35-33. Faulkner took its largest lead of the period, 42-37, before Jack Montgomery's layup with :27 seconds left in the half cut the Eagles' lead to three points, 42-39.

Faulkner maintained its lead until 16:05 left in the contest, when Deshaun Williams was fouled on a layup. Williams' converted the three-point play by knocking down the free throw and giving Huntingdon the one point lead, 49-48.


Jake Mitchell's layup with 10:52 left in the game gave the Eagles a two point lead, 60-58. Adrian Williams started the Hawks' 7-0 run with a game-tying dunk. Huntingdon jumped out to a 65-62 lead, before Faulkner responded with a jumper cutting the lead to one point with 7:21 remaining.


Faulkner took their final lead with 4:52 left in the contest, going up by one point, 66-65. The Eagles were held scoreless in the final four minutes of the game, while the Hawks finished strong with eight unanswered points winning by seven, 73-66.


The Eagles' were led by Jake Mitchell and De Hereford each with 11 points in the loss on Monday evening.


Huntingdon's next contest will be on Wednesday, Feb. 9, when they play host to in-state rival, Birmingham Southern College. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. Live stats will be available at http://fs.huntingdon.edu/livestats/xlive.htm.

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Hodge Patterson
Sports Information Director
Phone: (334) 833-4579
hpatterson@huntingdon.edu


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