posted on January 18, 2010 11:20
MOBILE, Ala-- The University of Mobile men's basketball team defeated NAIA No. 24 Life University 90-83 in non-conference action at Pharr Gym Monday night.
Donte Walker led the Rams with 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting, Matthew Turner added 14 points, and Ji Kimbrough and Robert Golston both finished with 13 points for the Rams. Life's Tay Barber tallied a game-high 40 points for the visitors on 10-of-23 shooting from the floor.
The game was a tale of two halves for Mobile, as the Rams turned the ball over 15 times and shot only 5-of-13 from the charity stripe in the opening half to fall behind 39-33 at the break. The Rams actually built a 13-3 lead to start the half as it took Life 3:30 to grab its first bucket of the game. Mobile built a 26-15 lead in the half, but then seven UM turnovers aided Life in a 16-3 run to grab a 31-29 lead. The Running Eagles then finished the half on a 10-2 run to take that six-point lead at intermission.
In the second half, the Rams turned the ball over only 7 times and knocked down 77% (23-30) of the free throws, while shooting 52% from the field. The second half did not start in Mobile's favor, as Life built its lead to as much as 10 on a JaQuan Bray dunk, and Mobile did not grab a lead until Golston put in back-to-back buckets to give Mobile a 70-68 lead with 4:53 left. That capped a 12-2 run for Mobile.
Barber sank a pair of freebies just seconds later to tie it up for Life, but the Rams grabbed the lead for good with 4:45 left when Walker scored off an assist from Spencer Duke. The Running Eagles were within 75-74 at the 4:03 mark, but the Rams clinched the game with a 10-1 run to take a 10-point lead. The Rams led by as much as 12 down the stretch.
Mobile (8-5, 1-3) returns to Gulf Coast Athletic Conference action Thursday, Jan. 21 at home at 7:30 pm against Xavier University.