Kingsport, TN- The St. Andrews University men's basketball team surprised again as they pulled an upset in the first round of the AAC conference tournament Wednesday afternoon. The knights were able to knock off #8 seed Montreat College 101-94 in Kingsport, TN at the MeadowView Convention Center.
St. Andrews (2-24) will now advance to play the No. 1 seed and the 14 ranked team in the country in Tennessee Wesleyan College (22-7) on Thursday at 12 pm.
In the first half, Montreat was able build up a double-digit lead midway through before a late St. Andrews run cut the Cavalier lead to 46-43 at the break. St. Andrews continued to hold the momentum in the second half as they led by as many double-digits, getting out to an 82-71 lead with 6 minutes to play. However, Montreat would cut the lead to four with about a minute left, but would not get any closer as SAU made their free throws down the stretch and played lock down defense forcing the Cavaliers into turnovers.
Guards Clavontae Brown and Mark McCorkle had 23 and 20 points, respectively, to pace the Knights, while Mark Chinn finished with 19 points on 7 of 9 shooting, including making 4 of 5 from 3-point range. McCorkle also lead the Knights with four made 3-pointers as he was 4 of 10. Brown shot 8 of 12 from the floor. Freshman center Chris Orr also chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks as he found out today that he was named to the AAC All-Freshman team.
Freshman guard DJ Carnegie was the fifth man to score in double figures for the Knights as he had 12 points and led with 6 assists.
The game was won because SAU was able to knock down their shots as they shot an impressive 54.8 % in the first half and were 53 % on three–pointers (7/13). Overall for the game SAU shot 40.7% from three on 11 of 27. Whereas, Montreat's shooting suffered greatly in the second half, only shooting 35 %. The Knights also made 28 of their free throws helping their cause and 11 three-pointers.
Shaquille Symonette led Montreat with 19 points and 15 rebounds as he recorded a double-double.
As a team, St. Andrews finished the game 31-of-64 (48%) from the field, while Montreat was 30-of-71 (42%) from the floor. SAU outscored the Cavaliers 58-48 in the second half.
Montreat finishes the 2013 season with a 9-20 record.