UDC edges AB on late free throw

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Michael Terry scored 27 points, including the go-ahead free throw with one second left in regulation, as the District of Columbia defeated Alderson Broaddus, 78-77, on Wednesday night.

The Battlers (2-2) trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half before mounting a rally.

A three-pointer by Malcolm Tatum tied the game at 70-all, and AB later took the lead for the first time since the first half on a pair of free throws from Richard Lemon making it 74-72 with 1:35 left in regulation.

But the Firebirds answered on a layup by Terry to regain a two-point edge, 75-74.

Tatum again hit two free throws to put the Battlers in front by two with 38 seconds left but it was the last lead of the night for the visitors.

After tying the game on Lemon’s free throw, Terry was fouled with one second left and hit the first of his two free throws for the game-deciding point.

AB?raced out to a 13-8 lead in the first half after a jumper by Kourtney Darby.

UDC responded with a 22-5 run to grab a 30-18 advantage on Terry’s layup with 3:18 left in the first half.

The Firebirds carried a 32-23 advantage into the intermission.

The Battlers slowly trimmed into the lead in the second half, eventually making a run with under 10 minutes to go.

Lemons’ two free throws cut the deficit to 63-60 and started the Battlers on a game-tying 10-7 run.

Terry scored his game-high total off the bench. He also collected five rebounds and dished out two assists.

He was joined in double figures by Kilo Lenjo and Quasim Jones with 18 each, and Ashmawy Ziad with 12.

Lenjo added nine rebounds to his point total.

All five starters finished in double figures for AB. Ali Bilal led the way with 16 points, followed by Stuart Clark with 15, Lemon 14, Tatum 13 and Adam Kline 10.

Kline also had nine rebounds and Lemon six assists.

UDC (1-2) held a 36-34 rebounding advantage and connected on 52 percent from the floor. The Battlers shot 45 percent from the field.

Each team had 11 turnovers.

AB will return to action at 5:30 p.m. Friday vs. Wheeling Jesuit at the Gannon University tournament.