MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Trailing by 14 in the second half, the Covenant men's basketball team nearly erased that deficit but came up short in a 72-71 loss at Huntingdon on Saturday night inside Roland Arena.
Will Crumly paced the Scots with 21 points, including an 8-for-8 effort at the foul line, with six rebounds in the loss. Zack Allen added 14 points and Daevon Platt came off the bench to score 10 points for Covenant (10-7, 7-3 USA South).
The loss snapped a 12-game winning streak for Covenant over Huntingdon. The two teams have played down to the wire in each of their last five meetings with those contests being decided by a combined 11 points, including a pair of one-point margins in Montgomery.
Covenant faced a daunting task as it fell behind by 14 (55-41) with 11:34 remaining in the second half. A 3-pointer from James Mitchell sparked a 14-2 run over a span of six-and-a-half minutes, capped by an Allen driving layup that made it 57-55 with 4:53 left. Allen had five points during the run and the Scots hit four 3-pointers in the stretch.
Huntingdon (9-9, 6-5 USA South) got its lead back to six with under a minute to play, but the Scots kept battling as the host Hawks missed key free throws. Crumly made two free throws for Covenant with 17 seconds left that got the Scots within 68-66, but Huntingdon made each of its final four free throws to keep a two-possession lead.
Damien Madison made two free throws with three seconds left to give the Hawks a 72-68 lead game before Chris Barnette banked in a 30-footer at the buzzer for the final tally.
Mitchell Hollis added eight points for the Scots, while Barnette was limited to three points but collected seven rebounds with five assists.
Covenant shot 48 percent (24-of-50) for the game with 11 3-pointers and 12-of-14 at the free throw line.
Huntingdon opened up the double-digit lead in the second behind the play of Aaron Washington, who finished with 21 points and five 3-pointers. Madison scored 15 points and was 11-of-12 at the free throw line, while dishing out five assists.
The Hawks shot 51.1 percent (23-of-45) from the field and ended the night 20-of-29 at the charity stripe.
Covenant returns to Barnes PE Center on Tuesday to face Berea. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m.
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