The Metro men’s basketball team let a late lead slip away as they fell 67-65 to University of Montevallo (Ala.) March 21. The game was part of the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, ending their season in Highland Heights, Kentucky.
Metro was up by eight with 4:49 left, but couldn’t hold on after allowing seven straight points to the Flacons.
“We had that game right where we needed to be: up six with 2:30 left,” Metro head coach Derrick Clark said. “[We] just couldn’t close it out.”
The Roadrunners were led by senior guard Reggie Evans and senior forward Paul Brotherson. Brotherson came off the bench and recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Evans led all ’Runners in scoring with 20 points.
Brotherson, who played his final game as a Roadrunner, reflected upon his time with Metro after the loss.
“It has been the best two years of my life,” Brotherson said. “I love my team like my brothers.”
The Roadrunners were up by one point at halftime, 34-33, after allowing a 6-0 run to close the half.
In the second half, Metro once again struggled down the stretch. Montevallo took the lead off of two free throws from Antoine Davis after he was fouled by junior guard Jonathan Morse.
“It was a good call. The refs did a good job,” Clark said. “At the same time, that is who we are. We are an aggressive team.”
After the free throw, Brotherson’s inbound pass was stolen by the Falcons as they held on for the win.
Though Metro finished a couple of wins short of a national title, Clark was proud of his team after the game.
“I would go to war with this team right here every year,” Clark said. “They did things the right way.”
Montevallo went on to the Final Four where they beat Bellarmine University (Ky.), 79-72, before losing in the national championship game to Western Washington University 72-65.
Metro finished 25-7 on the year, and will have high hopes for next season. Only Evans and Brotherson are leaving the team as seniors.
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