UWA men fall to Railsplitters

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 13, 2004

HARROGATE, TN- Cliff Mathis turned in his second best game in a Tiger uniform, scoring 26 points in the GSC opener with Lincoln Memorial (6-8, 0-1 GSC), but UWA would fall just short, losing a tough 55-54 overtime decision in Harrogate, Tenn. on Saturday night.

Both teams struggled from the field in the first half (UWA 37 percent, LMU 26.3 percent) as the Tigers gained a 26-20 lead heading into intermission. Lincoln quickly erased the six-point halftime advantage and the two teams went back and forth down the stretch as the game headed into overtime. Mathis gave UWA a one-point lead with 12 seconds left, only to see LMU’s Brad Seal hit a lay up with 0.8 seconds remaining to propel the Railsplitters to victory.

Joseph Baker also turned in a solid game for the Tigers, scoring 11 points and grabbing eight boards. Issac Greenwood contributed eight points and six rebounds to round out the top Tiger performers.

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Seal finished the contest with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting to lead the Railsplitters. Tye McCord added 14 points and eight rebounds, while teammate Adrian Porter grabbed a game-high 10 boards for LMU.

West Alabama falls to 3-11 overall and 0-1 in GSC play. The Tigers return to action on Monday when they travel to West Georgia for a 6:30 p.m. tip off.