Wildcats Shock Fire, 68-67
February 6, 2012
Tough Call Goes Against Fire With Just One Second Remaining
MIAMI--Trips to the Magic City have not been too kind for the Southeastern of late. And for the second straight year, Johnson & Wales pulled off a shocking win over the Fire, this time winning 68-67, Monday night behind Craig Wong's 30 points.
Wong shot 9-of-19 from the field, 6-of-11 from behind the three-point line, and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. But, it was his two clutch free throws with just one second remainging that the Fire will end up remembering the most.
No. 23 Southeastern took a commanding nine point lead (63-54), on a basket by Malcolm Pollock, with just 4:51 remaining in regulation. But, on the Wildcats' next possession, Wong connected on a three-pointer, cutting the Fire's lead to just six (63-57).
After a missed shot by SEU, the Wildcats used a key offensive rebound to setup Wong again, as he burried another three-pointer, making the score 63-60. The Fire then turned the ball over, and after a foul, JWU's Myles Smith made two free throws to cut SEU's lead to just one point (63-62), with 2:50 remaining. On SEU's next possession, Dwayne Johnson, made two free throws to put the Fire back up by three points (65-62), and ending the Wildcats 8-0 run.
After both teams exchanged a pair of free throws, Wong scored with 12 seconds to play, making the score 67-66 in favor of the Fire. Having no choice but to foul, the Wildcats put Chris Carlyle on the line for the one-and-one bonus, with 10 seconds to play. But, Carlyle missed the front end of the bonus, and the Wildcats rebounded and called timeout with eight seconds remaining. Coming out of the timeout, JWU was able to get the ball into Wong's hands, and he was able to draw a foul on Dyami Thurman with just one second left on the clock. Wong calmly stepped to the line, and connected on both free throws to give the Wildcats a 68-67 victory.
Povilas Gaidys led Southeastern with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Pollock finished with 13 points, three rebounds, and three assists.
Arthur Jackson chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds off of the bench.
JWU's Myles Smith finished with 18 points as he shot 4-of-8 from three-point land. The Wildcats really hurt the Fire from downtown, shooting 13-of-31 from beyond the arc for the night.
Southeastern falls to 16-10 overall and 8-4 in conference play. Johnson & Wales improves to 10-12 on the year, and 4-8 within the conference. The Fire will look to rebound from the upset loss, Thursday night, when they will host Ave Maria University at 7:00 p.m.