YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. ----- Sophomore Quay Davis scored a career-high 26 points and junior Brett Person added a season-best 16 points, but the Auburn Montgomery men's basketball team could not overcome four Young Harris players in double figures, as it fell 102-86 Saturday at YHC Basketball Arena.
With the loss, the Warhawks fell to 4-5 on the season, while the Mountain Lions improved to 2-3 overall.
"We are just growing as a team," head coach Larry Chapman said. "I thought Quay played a really nice game for us, especially after the way he played against them at our place. Our guards did a much better job of taking care of the ball, but we broke down defensively. They shot the ball well, but they had some wide open shots. We just have to keep working hard and trying to get better."
Davis finished the contest 9-of-12 from the field, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. He also added two assists and a steal in 29 minutes.
Joining Davis in double figures was Person, who added a team-best seven rebounds before fouling out late in the contest. Fellow junior Dominique Ellis chipped in 13 points and five rebounds in the loss. Sophomore Michael Willis and freshman Spencer Jones each posted nine points.
For the game, the Warhawks converted 32-of-62 shots from the field, good for 51.6 percent. AUM also knocked down 7-of-15 shots from behind the arc. Young Harris hit 55.1 percent of its shots, including 10 3-pointers. The difference in the contest came at the free throw line, where the Mountain Lions hit 28-of-36 of their attempts, while the Warhawks attempted just 22 shots from the line.
AUM committed 20 turnovers, but forced 17. The Warhawks won the battle of the boards, 32-30, including 12-10 on the offensive glass.
Frank Adams led all players with 27 points, while Vince Martin added 25 for YHC. Steve Viterbo and Bryson Robertson finished with 17 and 12, respectively. Viterbo finished with a game-high eight rebounds.
Despite trailing by as many as nine in the opening period, 30-21 with 9:05 remaining, the Warhawks cut the deficit to just two points, 41-39, with 2:19 to play on a Davis jumper. However, the Mountain Lions scored the final three points of the half and took a 44-39 advantage to halftime.
Young Harris opened the second half with a 17-3 spurt in the first 3:44 to put the game out of reach. AUM worked to cut the margin to five, 70-65, following a Davis trey with 8:51 to play, but the Mountain Lions had another answer with a 7-0 run to seal the victory. A Willis jumper pulled the Warhawks to within 10 points at 77-67 with 6:51 remaining, but they turned the ball over five times and YHC hit 16-of-17 from the free throw line down the stretch.
AUM will return to action on Monday, December 17, when it hosts Freed-Hardeman at 7 p.m.