MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Tied 70-70 with 2:38 remaining the Bacone Warriors managed to outscore the Wiley College Wildcats 12-2 the rest of the way to snatch an 82-72 victory Saturday night, Jan. 19 at the Palmer Center.
“We were finally able to make winning plays down the stretch,” head coach Alan Foster said. “Up to this point we haven’t closed out games like we needed to but we did tonight.”
With the game knotted up at 70-70 the Warriors were able to get in front, courtesy of three free throws by Christian Smith; Bacone led 73-70 before Kwame Bates scored to give the Warriors a 75-70 edge with 59 seconds left.
The Warriors later led by six with 27 seconds remaining when Wiley’s Vanderis Christie turned the ball over which led to dunk by Creed Flowers, giving Bacone an 80-72 lead with under 20 seconds left.
For the game Bacone knocked down 52 percent (30 of 57), while going six for 17 from three-point range and went 16 for 27 at the charity stripe.
Smith led a quartet of scorers with25 points and 11 boards; Flowers finished with 18, Bates chipped in 13 and Derrick Thomas added 15.
Bacone (3-13, 1-9) face LSU-Shreveport Monday, Jan. 21 at the Palmer Center Gym.