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Braves give up late lead at home

By Ryan Kelly
Staff Writer      

UNCP men's basketball team dropped a late lead over visiting St. Andrews on Nov. 18 in the final minutes of the second half, losing their 2006 home opener 76-66. 

UNCP players Jarrell Hunter, No. 23, and John Walters, right, await a foul shot attempt in the first half.

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UNCP players Jarrell Hunter, No. 23, and John Walters, right, await a foul shot attempt in the first half.

The Knights led at halftime 25-20.  Both teams kicked up the offense in the second half as they combined for a total of 97 points.

The Braves couldn't take advantage of a plus-five turnover ratio, largely in part to the team's low 41.4 percent shooting.          
           
“We made some bad plays,” said Braves head coach Jason Tinsley. “We didn't make the routine plays and we did not hit open shots. This was all a self-inflicted loss tonight, but I give credit to St. Andrews for doing what they had to do to come out on top."

The Braves came within four points of the Knights after Jamelle Lowery hit a three point shot with 6:51 left in the second half making it 58-54.              

A Darren Jeffries jump shot two possessions later gave UNCP its first lead of the game with 4:54 remaining.

Following a St. Andrews turnover on the next possession, guard Everett House fed a bounce pass to Jonathan Hart who dunked to give the Braves a three point lead.            

The sharp-shooting combination of senior Richard Stone and freshman Justin Brauda combined for half of the Knights’ 76 points.

Stone set a career high with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Brauda scored 18 points coming off the bench.            

Both players made four three-pointers each.

Junior guard Jarrell Hunter, the only returning starter from last season, led the Braves in scoring with 17 points.            

Hunter went 5 of 9 from the field including 3 of 5 from three-point range.             

Also scoring in double-digits were freshmen guards Everett House and Jamelle Lowery with 15 and 11 points respectively. House also led the team with five assists.’
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