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Braves give up late lead at homeBy Ryan Kelly
UNCP men's basketball team dropped a late lead over visiting St. Andrews on Nov. 18 in the final minutes of the second half, losing their 2006 home opener 76-66.
“We made some bad plays,” said Braves head coach Jason Tinsley. “We didn't make the routine plays and we did not hit open shots. This was all a self-inflicted loss tonight, but I give credit to St. Andrews for doing what they had to do to come out on top."
The Braves came within four points of the Knights after Jamelle Lowery hit a three point shot with 6:51 left in the second half making it 58-54.
A Darren Jeffries jump shot two possessions later gave UNCP its first lead of the game with 4:54 remaining.
Following a St. Andrews turnover on the next possession, guard Everett House fed a bounce pass to Jonathan Hart who dunked to give the Braves a three point lead.
The sharp-shooting combination of senior Richard Stone and freshman Justin Brauda combined for half of the Knights’ 76 points.
Stone set a career high with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Brauda scored 18 points coming off the bench.
Both players made four three-pointers each.
Junior guard Jarrell Hunter, the only returning starter from last season, led the Braves in scoring with 17 points.
Hunter went 5 of 9 from the field including 3 of 5 from three-point range.
Also scoring in double-digits were freshmen guards Everett House and Jamelle Lowery with 15 and 11 points respectively. House also led the team with five assists.’