Senators fall to no. 21 after season opener

MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- Junior Stephen Jordan recorded his sixth career double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, but the Auburn University at Montgomery men's basketball team was unable to withstand a late charge by No. 21 Life University, as it fell 83-72 to the Eagles in its season opener on Friday in the Jimmy Faulkner Classic.
 
Jordan was one of four Senators (0-1) to score in double figures, led by junior newcomer Alex Hergott's 20 points. Fellow junior Jerry Stangline added 13 points, while freshman A.J. Ansley scored 10 points, all in the second half.
 
AUM held a commanding 42-27 advantage on the glass, as Jordan finished with a game-high 10 boards. Hergott and Stangline each added eight rebounds, while Ansley chipped in six.
 
"A.J. played very well in the second half, but picked up two fouls in the first half," head coach Larry Chapman said. "He came in late in the game and really gave us a lift. We have to get Marquez Brooks and Tyler Lowe a little more comfortable with the system, but overall, I think we responded better than I hoped for."
 
The Senators also shot well from the floor, hitting 25-of-55 shots, good for 45.5 percent from the floor. However, AUM hit just 2-of-12 shots from behind the arc, while the Eagles (2-0) drained eight 3-pointers.
 
Despite the strong shooting and advantage on the boards, the Senators committed 29 turnovers in the contest, compared to only 18 by Life. The Eagles knocked down just 13-of-20 shots from the free throw line, but converted 12-of-14 in the second half.
 
"I was proud of the way our guys played the whole game," Chapman added. "We were down at the half and then battled back to take a lead. We are a young team, but have the players to be a pretty good team."
 
AUM will return to action on Saturday, when it takes on No. 15 LSU-Shreveport in the finale of the Jimmy Faulkner Classic at Tine Davis Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m.

INFORMATION SOURCE: AUM Athletic Department