UNA drops first game of season against Lane

Senior forward Austin Timms looks to make a play on the basket in North Alabama’s game versus Lane at Flowers Hall. The Lions dropped a heartbreaker to the Dragons in overtime to give UNA its first loss of the season.

The North Alabama men’s basketball team dropped its first game of the season when they fell to the Lane Dragons 82-78 in overtime at home.

The Lions let a 63-57 lead with less than three minutes to go falter and had to force overtime at 65-65.

“We didn’t make free throws and we didn’t make layups,” said Lions head coach Bobby Champagne. “Those two things you’ve got to have. We should have won that game in regulation but we missed our free throws. We had a crucial opportunity to win a game at home and we missed it.”

Senior forward Austin Timms led the way for the Lions in a double-double effort with 25-points and 10 total rebounds in a losing effort.

“We gave it to them,” Timms said. “We missed rebounds and had personal fouls. It’s real dead (in the locker room) right now.”

Junior guard Jeff Hodge Jr. also eclipsed double-digit points with 20. Senior guard Dimario Jackson followed up with 10 points and had a team leading five assists.

As a team, UNA lost the rebound game with 48 compared to 56 from Lane.

The Dragons chipped away at the Lions in overtime as they leaped out to their biggest lead of the game with a six-point advantage.

UNA gets a three-day break before they host Miles Nov. 29 in its next game. They then tip-off Gulf South Conference play when they host in-state rival Alabama-Huntsville Dec. 4.