AUM basketball ready for SSAC Tourney

MONTGOMERY, AL. - The regular season is over for the Auburn University at Montgomery basketball teams and both teams have qualified for the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament which will begin Thursday, March 4 in Rome, Ga.  The tournament will be held at The Forum with Shorter College as the host team.

The Senators (13-12/8-6) enter the tournament as the three seed.  The Senators will open the men's tournament with a 1:30 p.m. game against Shorter College (17-12/5-9), the sixth seed.

Both games between the two teams were close with AUM winning both games.   The Senators won 58-52 at home and went into overtime to win at Shorter 79-72.

Those close games were what the entire season was like for AUM.  Of the Senators 12 losses, nine were by seven points or less, with five of those by two points or less.  The Senators also played five overtime games, with three of those going into double overtimes.  AUM finished the season 2-3 in those overtime games.

Charles Perona (11.5) leads AUM in scoring and Nathan Thomas (11.4) is right behind him.  Daniel Quinlan also averages double-figures (10.5) and is the team's best three-point shooter.

Stephen Jordan (7.8) and Thomas (4.5) lead the rebounding efforts while Thomas' 51 blocked shots are a team-high.

The Lady Senators (14-14/9-7) finished the season tied for fourth with Emmanuel College (18-12/9-7), whom they will face in the first round on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.

The two teams split in their regular season matchups with Emmanuel winning 67-48 at home, while the Lady Senators winning 60-30 on their home court.

Cassie Moore (13.1) leads the team in scoring and field goal percentage (.560).  She is also one of the top shot blockers in the nation (98).  Carlie Ainsworth (12.4) is the only other Lady Senators scoring in double-figures.  She has hit 85 three-point attempts and is shooting over 76 percent from the free throw line.

Moore also leads the team in rebounds (7.3) while Melanie Gess averages 7.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.