Freshman Marquez Brooks led five Senators in double figures with 17 points agianst Belhaven.
Men's Basketball - Thu. Jan. 13, 2011
MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- Five different players score in double figures, led by freshman Marquez Brooks' 17 points, as the Auburn University at Montgomery men's basketball defeated Belhaven 78-71 on Thursday at the AUM Physical Education Complex.
Joining Brooks in double figures were senior Charles Perona and juniors Michael Lee, Stephen Jordan and Alex Hergott. Jordan led all players with 13 rebounds to post his fifth double-double of the season. Perona added eight rebounds and a team-high five assists in the victory.
"Today was a trying day for our basketball program," head coach Larry Chapman said. "I was happy to see Marquez (Brooks) respond after a tough day. It was also nice to see some of our other guys step up in a tough game. I was proud of Michael Lee, who really had a nice game, and Ryan Norris, who came in and gave us some productive minutes. This was a good team win and hopefully this will give us some confidence heading into the Spring Hill game."
For the game, the Senators (4-10, 1-0 SSAC) converted 32-of-66 shots from the floor, good for 48.5 percent. However, AUM committed 20 turnovers, leading to 31 points for the Blazers (9-8, 0-1 SSAC). Belhaven knocked down 43.9 percent from the field, but struggled from behind the arc, as it hit just 7-of-25 shots.
After Belhaven scored of its first possession of the game, AUM got on the board with a tip-in from Hergott at the 18:42 mark.
The Senators took the lead for good on a lay-up by Hergott with 15:52 left in the first half and extended their lead to as many as 13 points, 69-56, on a free throw by Brooks to complete a four-point played with just over five minutes left in the game.
Rob Wallace led all scorers with 26 points for the Blazers, while Daryl Arnold and Brittion Smith each scored in double figures.
AUM will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 15, when it travels to Mobile, Ala., to take on in-state and SSAC rival Spring Hill. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m.