MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Senior Reagan Eubanks returned to the floor for the first time since the season opener and scored 18 points off the bench to fuel the Auburn Montgomery men’s basketball team to its biggest victory of the NCAA era, a 77-68 upset of No. 5 Christian Brothers Tuesday evening.
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• With the win, the Warhawks improved to 6-6 on the season and 2-3 in Gulf South Conference play.
• The Bucs suffered their first loss of the season, falling to 11-1 overall and 3-1 in league contests.
Returning to the lineup for the first time since the season opener, Reagan Eubanks scored 18 points to lift the #AUMMBKB team to a 77-68 upset of No. 5 Christian Brothers tonight. #WeAreAUM pic.twitter.com/NxDMSM2hhp
— AUM Athletics (@AUMathletics) January 3, 2018
• Eubanks, who was recovering from an injury, finished 6-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc, en route to the 18 points. He added three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in 22 minutes.
• Lafayette James-Core added 17 points and 10 rebounds to record his first double-double as a Warhawk. He chipped in a pair of blocks in 40 minutes of play.
• Desmond DeRamus tallied 14 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block.
• Darrion Taylor hit a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 13 points in the victory.
• Kameron Hornbuckle had six points and seven rebounds off the bench.
• Jeff Larkin scored a game-high 23 points for the Bucs, adding five rebounds, five assists and four steals.
• Adam Dieball added 19 points for Christian Brothers.
• Joe Laravie (12) and Alex Trentman (10) scored in double figures for the Bucs.
Auburn Montgomery (@AUMathletics) pulled off the huge upset over #5 Christian Brothers last night, and Desmond DeRamus put the nail in the coffin with this dunk. Watch the bench explode at the end. Love it. #D2MBB #NCAA #NCAAD2 #NCAADII pic.twitter.com/oty6BVoPCW
— College Ave (@CollegeAveSport) January 3, 2018
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Christian Brothers raced out to a 13-4 lead in the opening 3:21, capped by a trey by Larkin.
• The Warhawks pulled within six points, 13-7, on a Taylor 3-pointer, before James-Core scored seven straight points and gave AUM its first lead, 14-13, with a trey at the 13:32 mark of the first half.
• AUM continued its hot streak during the next five minutes and took a 24-17 lead on a jumper by Jarett Croff with 8:52 remaining before halftime.
• The Bucs clawed back into the contest and forced the fourth tie of the contest, 34-34, on a bucket by Laravie with 3:37 left in the half.
• The Warhawks closed the half with 10 straight points, capped by a trey by Eubanks with just four seconds remaining and took a 44-34 halftime lead.
• CBU trimmed the deficit to five points, 52-47, on a Trentman 3-pointer with 12:24 remaining in the game, but layups by James-Core, DeRamus and Eubanks extended the AUM lead back to double digits, 58-47, with 9:40 remaining.
• The Bucs closed the margin to as few as six points, 58-52, with 7:32 left in the contest, but the Warhawks again found an answer with a layup by Hornbuckle and a trey by Eubanks, to up the advantage back to double figures.
• AUM hit 7-of-10 free throws in the final three minutes to complete the victory.
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INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• The Warhawks converted 30-of-56 shots from the floor, including 10-of-22 from distance.
• The Bucs finished 26-of-61 from the field, hitting 11-of-33 from behind the arc.
• AUM held a 39-29 advantage on the boards, including an 8-7 edge on the offensive end.
• Despite committing 15 turnovers and forcing just nine, the Warhawks outscored the Bucs 14-13 off turnovers.
• The Warhawks held an 11-6 edge in second-chance points.
The Warhawks will remain on the road, traveling to Jackson, Tenn., to take on Union on Thursday, Jan. 6. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m.