MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- A 10-day lay-off proved costly for the Auburn University at Montgomery men's basketball team, as it was unable to hold on to an 11-point lead with 7:15 remaining in the game and fell to Young Harris, 65-59, Tuesday at the AUM Gymnasium.
Down the stretch, the Warhawks (2-4) were outscored 23-6, while they committed 30 turnovers in the contest. The miscues led to 31 points for the Mountain Lions (2-2). Following a lay-up by junior Dominique Ellis with 7:15 remaining, the Warhawks took their largest lead of the evening, 53-42.
"I thought we played hard, but our guards really had a difficult time tonight," head coach Larry Chapman said. "We outrebounded them 42-25 and when you do that you should be able to secure the game. The game really came down to poor concentration by our guards and our whole coaching staff was disappointed by the way they played today."
Senior Michael Acoff led all players with 19 points and 12 rebounds, to post his first double-double of the year for the Warhawks. Ellis added 11 points and four rebounds in a season-best 30 minutes of play.
"This was Michael's (Acoff) best game so far and we need him to play like that," Chapman added. "I also thought Dominique (Ellis) played well and battled inside."
Sophomore Justin Zachary gave AUM a spark off the bench, scoring nine points, all coming on 3-pointers. Zachary finished 3-of-6 from behind the arc and added two assists, two steals, a block and a rebound.
For the game, the Warhawks converted 45.1 percent of their shots from the floor and 9-of-13 free-throw attempts. The difference came in turnovers, where the Mountain Lions held a nine-point advantage in points off turnovers.
Malcolm Jackson, who scored a team-best 17 points, fueled the second-half charge with 15 points in the period, including consecutive treys to pull Young Harris to within one point of the lead with 5:49 remaining. Jackson's third 3-pointer of the half gave the Mountain Lions the lead for good, 58-55, with 2:41 left in the contest.
Vince Martin and Frank Adams also finished in double figures with 15 and 13 points, respectively.
"We are still searching for seven or eight players who will go out and play winning basketball," Chapman concluded. "The whole team is working hard, but we just have to keep working at it and hope we get better."
The Warhawks will return to action on Friday, November 30, when they travel to Southern States Athletic Conference foe Coastal Georgia. The tilt with the Mariners is slated for 6:30 p.m.