Warhawks Men's Basketball looks for upset of No. 16 Faulkner tonight | Schools
The Auburn Montgomery men’s basketball team will look for its second upset of a NAIA Top 25 team, when it travels to local foe Faulkner for a 7:30 p.m. tilt on Thursday.
The Warhawks enter the contest with a 9-10 record, including a 7-5 mark in Southern States Athletic Conference play. The Eagles, ranked 16th in the latest NAIA poll, are 21-3 on the year and 12-1 in league games.
The meeting will be the second of the season between the two squads, with Faulkner earning a 79-53 victory on January 12.
In the earlier game, AUM struggled from the floor, hitting just 34 percent of its shots for the game, including only 1-of-14 from behind the arc.
Despite the shooting woes, the Warhawks were within three points of the Eagles with 10:41 to play, but Faulkner closed the game by scoring 31 of the final 39 points. Junior Reshad Bickham led AUM with 16 points and six rebounds. Jamarious Alderson led all players with a career-best 23 points, while adding seven rebounds and four steals.
However, since the loss, the Warhawks have tallied a 4-2 record, including a seven-point upset of then-No. 8 William Carey.
Sophomore Quay Davis has keyed the recent success, averaging 12 points and nearly four assists per game. Bickham has added 11.2 points per game, while junior Chris Bell has chipped in 7.5 points and a team-best 7.2 rebounds during the past six games. Fellow junior LaRel Jackson and freshman Tristen Harrell have also increase their production since being inserted into the starting lineup.
AUM has noticed its largest difference coming on the glass, where it has averaged 8.7 more rebounds per game than its opponents. On the year, the Warhawks average 0.3 less rebounds per contest than the opposition.
Alderson paces Faulkner in scoring at 11.5 points per game, while Cyrille Sandjon follows closely behind at 11.1 per contest.
AUM students are encouraged to head over to Faulkner to support their Warhawks. Students who bring the designated voucher, along with their ID, will receive free admission to both the men's and women's games. The women’s contest will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Source: AUM Sports Information Director