MONTGOMERY, AL (WDAM) _ The William Carey University men’s basketball team is crossing its fingers that its season didn’t come to a sudden end in the second round of the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament.
Carey, ranked 14th in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Top 25 poll, fell behind about 6 ½ minutes into the second half, and though tying the game five times, never could catch up, falling to Middle Georgia State College 77-72 Thursday night.
Carey (22-9) now awaits word whether it will receive an at-large bid into the NAIA national tournament.
The Crusaders, who won the 2018 SSAC tournament, led by as many seven points in the first half Thursday before the Knights (18-11) closed with an 11-2 run to take a 38-35 lead at the break.
Carey regained the lead about 4 ½ minutes into the second half, but a 3-pointer by Chancellor Lockett with 13:29 left in the game put Middle Georgia ahead. The Crusaders caught up with the Knights on five occasions, but could never pull ahead.
Branden Shepard scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots to pace the Crusaders. Cameron Douglas had 15 points and five rebounds, Brandon Cranford added 13 points and Adrian Williams finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. Leito Holloway added eight points and eight rebounds.
The Knights got 20 points, six assists and four rebounds from Darrell White. Antony Edwards added 17, while Tyrone Young had 10 points, 10 rebounds and three assists and Marques Hinton wound up with 10 points and nine rebounds.