E. Stoudsburg tops Kutztown in OT
King leads Warriors with 32 points, ties game in final seconds
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Terrance King tied the game with 6.2 seconds left in regulation, then helped East Stroudsburg advance to the PSAC semifinals for the third consecutive year with a 99-91 (OT) win against Kutztown on Tuesday.
King had 15 of his 32 in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds for his 10th career double-double to lead the Warriors (18-11).
Kutztown’s Micah Fraction, scored 34 points and hit a three-pointer with 22 seconds left in regulation to give the Golden Bears a three-point lead. Whis Grant missed a baseline floater, but King gathered the board and laid it in to pull the Warriors within 83-82. After a timeout King sank the free throw, and Fraction missed a contested 35-footer to send the game to overtime.
|PSAC QUARTERFINAL RESULTS|
|West Chester 83, Bloomsburg 70|
|E. Stroudsburg 99, Kutztown 91 OT|
|California (Pa.) 70, IUP 74|
|Mercyhurst 77, Slippery Rock 69|
|• Conference Championship Central|
King scored ESU's first five points in the bonus session, starting it with another three-point play, and finished 11-19 from the field and 10-11 at the foul line to surpass his previous career-high of 26 points.
Russell Graham III tied his career-highs with 19 points and nine assists, Grant scored 16 points, Duane Johnson had 12 points and eight rebounds to help ESU advance.
Eric Bryan had seven points and four rebounds in 14 minutes after missing two games to injury. Gerald Bridges, Jr. played 35 minutes behind Bryan and had three points and six rebounds, with a 3-pointer at the end of the first half to pull the Warriors within 43-41 at the break.
There were 16 lead changes in the game, but only three in the last 17 minutes of the second half after ESU surged in front with a 10-0 run.
The Warriors led by as many as eight points before Kutztown bounced back, led by consecutive 3-pointers by Eric Brennan, to get within 66-64 at the 10-minute mark.
A 3-pointer by Johnson gave ESU a 78-74 lead with 3:13 left in regulation and set up the finish. Kutztown answered with buckets by Fraction and Brennan, and took an 80-78 lead on two free throws by Nate Edwards with 1:41 remaining. The Warriors tied it at 80-all with a driving layup by Graham, but Kutztown came up with an offensive rebound after a miss by Edwards to retain possession.
In the overtime period, King had a three-point play and another bucket on the ninth assist of the game by Graham in the first 40 seconds to put the Warriors ahead 88-85, and Kutztown never led in the final five minutes.
Another three-point play by Graham made it 91-87 with 2:43 left and Johnson hit a twisting layup on the baseline for a six-point lead (93-87) with 1:30 remaining.
ESU was 32-39 at the foul line for the game, including King's 10-11 and Grant's 10-10, and put it away at the line late. Grant hit six consecutive foul shots in the final minute and the Warriors held the Golden Bears without a field goal for the final 4:14.