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FOLLOW: Men's Basketball at USA South Tournament

FOLLOW: Men's Basketball at USA South Tournament

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.

TJ Cox led the Scots with 12 points and Nate Frierson dished out five assists in the contest.

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.

Be sure to follow the Scots all season long on athletics.covenant.edu and on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram for up-to-date scores, news and other information.