PRESS RELEASE FROM WILLIAM CAREY UNIVERSITY
Montgomery, Ala.- DaRon Bell's three point basket at the buzzer propelled #12 William Carey University to the title game of the 2013 Southern States Athletic Conference tournament as the Crusaders defeated Emmanuel College, 63-60. With the win WCU secures an automatic bid to the 2013 NAIA National Tournament.
The Crusaders will take on Faulkner University tomorrow night at 7:30 pm in the championship game.
Early on things looked bleak for the Crusaders as Emmanuel opened the game with a 10-4 run and went on to extended the lead to 24-13 with 6:39 to play in the half. Carey finally got going as Donzedrick Smith scored six straight points that sparked a 21-8 run that was capped off by Fernando Garcia's tip in at the buzzer to put WCU 34-32 at the half.
The Crusaders led for the duration of the second half until Emmanuel used a 9-2 run to tie the game at 60 with the less than a minute. Bell had an opportunity to put WCU with 29 seconds left but his shot was off the mark however Emmanuel's was whistled for a travel and Bell made them pay. With less than 7 seconds to play, Bell dribbled off a high post screen and let loose a three ball from the right wing that hit nothing but net as time expired.