The Auburn Montgomery men's basketball team dropped its final non-conference game of the 2013-14 season Thursday, when it fell to Dalton State 78-62 at the AUM Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Warhawks fell to 8-15 overall, while the Roadrunners improved to 24-4 on the year.
Jon Taylor led AUM with a career-high 15 points, while adding seven rebounds. Quay Davis chipped in 12 points and grabbed a team-best nine rebounds. Tristen Harrell came off the bench to score 10 points, pull down six rebounds, dish out three assists and record three steals.
For Dalton State, Demetrice Jacobs finished with the night with a double-double, scoring a game-high 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Ricky Sears added 15 points, while LaDaris Green finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.
AUM converted 40.7 percent of its shots in the game, hitting 22-of-54 from the field. The Roadrunners hit 43.6 percent, while also hitting 24-of-33 free throw attempts. The Warhawks attempted just 21 shots from the charity stripe.
Dalton State pulled down 13 offensive rebounds, compared to 10 for AUM, but held a 19-5 advantage in second-chance points. In total, the Warhawks recorded 33 rebounds, while the Roadrunners finished with 39.
The Warhawks will return to action Saturday against Southern Wesleyan. The contest is slated to begin at 4 p.m.
Marren Schwartz scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Auburn Montgomery women's basketball team to a crucial 78-69 Southern States Athletic Conference victory over Brenau Thursday evening.
With the win, the Warhawks evened their season record at 12-12. More importantly, the win moves AUM to 7-9 in conference play and keeps it in a tie for fifth in the SSAC East Division standings. The Warhawks will entertain Southern Wesleyan, who is also 7-9 in the league and tied for fifth, Saturday. Only the top five teams from each division qualify for the conference tournament.
Schwartz scored in double figures for the 10th time this season and, in the process, eclipsed her previous career best of 13 points, set against Reinhardt last season. Kaylan Withrow led all players with 24 points, two off her career high, while Tina Odume put in her fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 boards. Gabby Brown came off the bench to score 10 points, all in the first half.
Neither team was able to establish momentum in the opening period, as the half featured four ties and eight lead changes. The largest lead by each team was only four points, but the Golden Tigers (11-13, 6-10 SSAC) held a 32-30 lead at halftime.
Withrow erased the deficit with a trey with 18:29 to play and tied the game at 35-35. The 3-pointer started a 16-5 run early in the second half, which gave AUM a 48-40 lead with 13:46 remaining. The spurt was keyed by a pair of treys by Withrow and another by Katie Williams.
The Warhawks pushed their lead to as many as 10 points, 57-47, following a lay-up by Odume. Brenau closed the gap to just four points with 13 seconds to play, but Withrow sealed the win by hitting 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch.
For the game, the Warhawks converted 42.9 percent from the floor, while holding the Tigers to just 37.5 percent. AUM hit only 62.5 percent from the free throw line, but attempted 40 shots from the charity stripe, compared to only 20 by Brenau.
Kalin Williams led the Tigers with 15 points, while Jasmine Butler finished with 12 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and five assists.
Saturday's contest against Southern Wesleyan is slated to begin at 2 p.m.
INFORMATION SOURCE: AUM Athletics Dept.