LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant men's basketball team opens the USA South tournament tonight at 7 p.m. against top seed, and host, Averett at the Grant Center in Danville, Virginia.
The winner will move on to the semifinal round on Friday at 7 p.m.
Covenant (9-16, 7-7) won two of its last three USA South games in the regular season, with the lone loss coming at LaGrange on Saturday.
The Scots met Averett (17-8, 11-3 USA South) back on Jan. 3 in Danville. Both teams were hot from the field in the early going, but the host Cougars took a 45-35 lead into halftime. Covenant trimmed the deficit to 54-51 midway through the second half, but Averett pulled away late for a 72-57 win.
Averett has won both meetings between the schools since Covenant joined the conference last season.
For more USA South tournament coverage, including bracket, live stats, video, driving directions and a tournament program, visit the official tournament page here.