PITTSBURGH -- Hampden-Sydney defeated Springfield 89-82 in overtime to open the Carnegie Mellon DoubleTree Tournament. The Tigers face the winner of Carnegie Mellon and Penn State-New Kensington at 3 p.m. Sunday for the championship.
Sean Martin drove on the right baseline and converted a difficult layup with 4.8 seconds to go in regulation to put Springfield up 69-67. The Tigers called timeout to set up a play with 3.9 to go. Murray inbounded the ball to Khobi Williamson just outside the left block and he spun away from the baseline and took a dribble before throwing up a running hook that took a friendly roll to go in at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.
In overtime, Mitch Owens and Nick Sieniewicz traded baskets in the paint, but the Tigers took momentum behind back-to-back three pointers from Murray and Greg Lewis to go up 77-71 at the 2:49 mark. Sean Martin came down and scored a layup, but Owens buried another three to go up 80-73 with 2 minutes remaining. Sieniewicz answered with a three of his own, but Keegan Wetzel battled for a tough offensive rebound and the putback to push the H-SC lead out to 82-76 with 59 ticks left on the clock.
Following an H-SC loose-ball foul, Robbie Burke made one of two foul shots and a Williamson layup gave H-SC an 84-77 advantage with 32 seconds left in the game. Garstka cut the deficit by three on a traditional three-point play, but with 27 seconds left, Springfield was forced to foul the rest of the game as H-SC closed out the game at the free throw line.
Springfield never led by more than two the entire game while H-SC held a lead as large as 12. The game was back and forth all night with neither team able to grab momentum for more than a few minutes as there were 10 ties and 15 lead changes.
Owens posted career-highs of 20 points and nine rebounds as he shot 9 of 12 overall and 2 of 4 from 3-point range range. Williamson also contributed 20 and nine, and Lewis posted 16 points, eight boards and three assists. Reddick tallied 13 points while shooting 10 of 11 from the charity stripe, and Murray added on nine points, four assists and three steals.
Burke led Springfield with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Martin had a team-high 19 points with four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Sienkiewicz totaled 15 points and Garstka contributed 10 points.
H-SC shot 45.1 percent overall and 33.3 percent from three compared to 41.8 percent and 38.5 percent for Springfield. The Tigers outrebounded Springfield 47-40 and outscored it 22-12 in points off turnovers.
No. 6 Mary Hardin-Baylor 73, Trinity (Texas) 67
BELTON, Texas -- Mary Hardin-Baylor built a double-digit lead and then held on with clutch free-throw shooting in the final seconds as the Cru posted a 73-67 victory against Trinity (Texas) on Saturday evening in Belton. UMHB improves to 2-1 on the season with the victory. The loss drops the Tigers to 2-4 on the year.
Jerard Graham topped the Cru with 21 points and 15 rebounds. He also added six assists and four steals. James Allen had 19 points and five boards, Kitrick Bell chipped in 12 points and Antonie Chaney scored 11 as that quartet combined for 63 of UMHB's 73 points. The Cru shot 44 percent from the field and outrebounded Trinity 38-31 in the win.
Robert Kitzinger led the Tigers with 20 points and Jonathan Wilt added 12 points and five rebounds. Trinity shot 42 percent from the field and hit 11 3-pointers in the game. The Tigers were just 2 of 8 from beyond the arc in the second half, however.
No. 9 Cabrini 111, Widener 99
ASTON, Pa. -- Cabrini improved to 5-0 with Saturday's 111-99 win against Widener at the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Neumann's Mirenda Center. Cabrini's 111 points are the most the team has scored since a 129-112 loss to Emory & Henry on Nov. 18, 2006.
Just four days after a career-high 33 points in a win against Scranton, junior Aaron Walton-Moss established a new best with 40 points, just five points off Cabrini's single-game record. He hit on 14 of 20 from the floor and 12 of 14 from the free-throw line.
Senior A.J. Picard connected on 8 of 16 attempts from the field for 27 points, while fellow senior Fran Rafferty added 19 points, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range.
Walton-Moss added five rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and a steal to his line for the afternoon. Picard grabbed seven boards, while freshman Deryl Bagwell added six.
The Blue and White's 30 of 32 (93.8 percent) performance is the team's best since it went 16 of 17 (94.1 percent) in a 78-58 win against Scranton in the 2012 NCAA quarterfinals.
Junior Greg Lawson led four Pride players in double figures with 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore Laron Byrd added 18 points for Widener (5-1).