MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Junior Ephriam Hudson scored a career-high
29 points off the bench, including seven 3-pointers, as the Huntingdon
men’s basketball team overcame its worst shooting performance of the
season to defeat LaGrange 80-74 in double overtime in each team’s Great
South Athletic Conference opener on Saturday at Roland Arena.
Huntingdon (7-5, 1-0 GSAC), which won its fifth consecutive game
with the victory, shot only 28.8 percent from the field for the game,
while also struggling from the charity stripe, hitting just 25-of-45
attempts. The win also marked the first five-game winning streak for
the Hawks since they ended the 2005-06 season with 13 consecutive wins.
Despite the poor shooting, Hudson hit 3-pointers on three
consecutive possessions to open double overtime and give the Hawks
their largest lead of the game, at 73-64, with 3:29 left. The Panthers
(4-11, 0-1 GSAC) pulled to within two points on a trey by Joe Cromwell
with 43 seconds remaining, but the junior Deshaun Williams split the
Panthers defense for a lay-in and senior Chris Roberts hit a pair of
free throws with 11 seconds remaining to put the game on ice.
The Hawks trailed by nine points, 41-32, with 13:31 left to play and
by as many as seven with six minutes to play, but chipped away steadily
at the lead and tied the game at 54-54 on a pair of free throws by
senior Leon Frazier with 1:18 remaining in regulation.
LaGrange took a three-point lead on an old-fashioned 3-point play by
Nic Whitfield with 49 seconds left in the contest, but Hudson drained a
trey with 38 seconds to play at 57-57.
In the first overtime, Huntingdon trailed by two points with 2:25
left, but junior Adrian Williams put back a miss by Hudson with 1:33 to
tie the score at 64 apiece. Neither team scored for the remainder of
the first overtime, as the Panthers’ Joe Cromwell missed a short-range
jumper with just under a second to play.
Hudson, who entered the game averaging just 5.5 points per game,
more than doubled his career best with the 29 points, leading four
Hawks in double figures. Frazier added his second straight
double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. D. Williams
added 13 points, while A. Williams chipped in 10 points. Junior James
Daniels posted 10 rebounds for the third time in four games.
LaGrange was led by Whitfield, who despite fouling out of the game
in the first overtime, scored 17 points and added 10 rebounds. Marcus
Vaughn also posted a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Blake Croft provided a solid all-around effort, finishing with nine
points, seven assists and six rebounds.
Huntingdon will look to extend its win streak to six games on
Tuesday, January 12, when it travels to Mount Berry, Ga., to take on
Berry. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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