Moore's jumper caps Owls' late rally
Southern Conn. State recovers from 16-point deficit to advance
WALTHAM, Mass. -- No. 18 Southern Connecticut State came all the way back from a 16-point second half deficit to top C.W. Post in a first-round NCAA tournament game on Friday afternoon. A jumper from Sylvonya Moore with 4.7 seconds left gave the Owls a dramatic 58-57 win against the Pioneers.
Southern Connecticut trailed 57-52 with 1:37 remaining, but scored the final six points of the game to pull out the win. Shaniqua Fuller connected for a layup with a minute left and was intentionally fouled in the process, accounting for four points and bringing the Owls to within one. After C.W. Post missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 14 seconds remaining, Moore connected on a shot from the left wing to provide SCSU with the winning margin.
Southern Connecticut improves to 25-5 overall, while C.W. Post's season comes to a close at 21-10.
Keshia Primo led the Owls with 16 points. Moore added 11 points, while Moni Smith-Ocran posted her 10th double-double of the year with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Owls shot just 21-percent from the field in the first half and trailed by 27-17 at the break. C. W. Post opened the second half by scoring six of the first eight points to build its biggest lead of the contest at 35-19 with 17:48 left.
Southern Connecticut still trailed by double digits midway through the half, but surged ahead late. The Owls used an 11-0 run to turn a 45-34 deficit into a tie ballgame with 6:08 remaining, capped by a bucket by Smith-Ocran.
That hoop resulted in the first of four ties the rest of the way. The final deadlock came with 2:54 left when Primo converted a layup and was fouled. The Owls had a chance to take the lead, but were unable to capitalize, and C.W. Post ran off five points in 18 seconds to take a 57-52 lead with 1:37 left before the Owls' late heroics.
Fuller had seven points and six rebounds off the bench, while Camille Fantini finished with seven. Lauren Allen pulled down a career-high nine rebounds for the Owls.