Edinboro survives Charleston 64-62 to set up fourth meeting with Gannon
GLENVILLE, W.Va. -- Edinboro survived a close game in the NCAA Atlantic regional first round against Charleston, holding on to win 64-62 on Friday afternoon.
The game came down to the wire and was tied 57-57 with 2:40 to play following a 3-pointer by Nichole Perry. Valerie Majewski immediately recaptured a 59-57 lead for the Fighting Scots, getting a layup to go with 2:22 remaining.
Following Chyress Lockhart hitting one of two at the free-throw line to cut the deficit to one point, Lauren Hippo hit a 3-pointer with 1:42 to lead that electrified the Edinboro bench. The Scots led 62-58.
Lockhart and Aignee' Freeland traded baskets as Edinboro held a 64-60 lead with one minute on the clock. Majewski fouled Lockhart with 47 seconds left that sent him to the line. She hit both free throws to give her a game-high 20 points and the Golden Eagles trailed 64-62.
With 27 seconds left to play, Majewski missed a layup but corralled her own miss. She was able to carry the ball out and the Scots moved it around to run eight seconds off the clock before Hippo was eventually fouled by Nichole Perry.
Hippo went to the free-throw line for a one-and-one. She missed the first free throw and Perry pulled down the rebound. On the other end, Perry was able to get a jumper off with five second left that fell astray. Majewski rebounded the ball and scampered away from the Golden Eagles defense to run out the clock.
The game was tied after a back and forth first half. Lockhart tied the game with a layup at the buzzer to knot the game at 27-27. The Fighting Scots shot 41.7 percent to Charleston's 30.3 percent in the first half.
Edinboro picked up 12 fouls in the first half, with four starters picking up two or more fouls including Hippo having three.
Charleston opened the second half on a 10-2 run to take a 37-29 lead with 17:58 left. Perry hit two 3-pointers during the stretch. The eight-point lead was the largest lead either team will hold in the game.
The Fighting Scots followed shortly after 7-0 run that was capped off by a Hippo 3-pointer to tie the game at 41-41. There was 14:25 left in the game. Neither team led by more than four points the rest of the way to set-up the dramatic final three minutes.
Freeland had her 15th double-double of the season, finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds. She was vital in the second half, scoring 11 of her points in the final frame.