Last-second shot sends Mocs to win
Lane's 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left lifts Florida Southern to win
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Dominic Lane's 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left gave the Moccasins a 76-74 win against Rollins in their first-round game of the NCAA South Regional Saturday at Huntsville, Ala.
The win sends the Moccasins (23-8) to Sunday's semifinals, where they will play seventh-seeded Stillman (24-7), which upset second-seeded Harding 87-86 in overtime, at 6 p.m. (ET).
Lane stepped into the unsung hero's role and filled it to perfection. The freshman, who had played a combined total of just 11 minutes and scored just two points in his last five appearances, came off the bench in the second half to score 11 points in nine minutes. He was 4-4 from the field, including three three-pointers, and had a pair of assists.
He wasn't the only Moccasin reserve to play a key role in the win. Preston Fredrick played 19 minutes with eight points and a pair of rebounds and blocked Rollins' desparation shot at the end of the game following Lane's game-winner.
The game was tied nine times and there were 13 lead changes. The biggest lead either team had in the game was an eight-point advantage by the Moccasins in the second half.
In addition to the heroics off the bench, the Moccasins benefitted from the Tars' inability to make free throws. Rollins missed 13 in the game (19-32), including three in the final minute.
The Tars shot 57.7% from the field in the first half, but led by only two, 40-38, despite the fact that Rion Rayfield and Terry and Brandon Jenkins, the Moccasins' top three scorers, had just six points between them.
Terry Jenkins finished with 14 points and was one of four players scoring in double figures for FSC. Damon Ellison had 13, with Lane and Cameron Wooten adding 11 each. Nick Wolf led the Tars with a 29-point/10-rebound double-double, but he also missed seven free throws, going 6-13 from the line.
The Moccasins have never played Stillman.