Men's Basketball at So. Wesleyan
The Brewton-Parker College Barons needed a late rally and a little luck on their side Monday night to win their seventh straight game and maintain sole possession of first place in the Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference.
Sophomore guard Tre Hill's basket and free throw with five seconds left put the Barons ahead of Southern Wesleyan University, and the Warriors' last-second attempt missed to give Brewton-Parker a 77-76 victory in Central, S.C.
The win came after Brewton-Parker senior guard Josh Stuart hit two free throws with 48 seconds left to cut Southern Wesleyan's lead to 76-74.
The Warriors (7-15 overall, 4-6 GACC) missed a possible game-clinching shot as the 35-second clock expired.
Junior post Hector Solano grabbed the rebound and handed the ball off to Hill, who Barons coach Steve Barker instructed to drive to the basket. Hill was fouled as he made the game-tying score and hit the ensuing free throw to give Brewton-Parker (17-9, 10-2) the lead.
Barker said Warriors sophomore forward Brandon Allen got a clean look at the basket on a last-second try but missed the mark in attempting to complete the upset.
"We were just happy to get out of there with a win because that is a hard place to play," said Barker, whose team had a 37-29 halftime lead.
Solano led the Barons with 23 points, hitting 10 of 16 shots and grabbing seven rebounds. Junior guard Ben McGlynn followed Solano with 15 points, while sophomore guard Toms Lokmanis added 11 points along with seven rebounds and junior guard Jarvis Smith had 10 points.
Allen led four double-digit scorers for Southern Wesleyan with 19 points.
The Barons travel to Montgomery, Ala., for their next action Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern time against Auburn University-Montgomery (13-7, 8-3). Brewton-Parker's next home game is Feb. 20 against Reinhardt College.