By THE HERALD-WHIG
Marshawn Norris missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the No. 23 Culver-Stockton College men's basketball team dropped a 79-78 overtime decision to 11th-ranked Evangel in a Heart of America Athletic Conference game Saturday afternoon at Springfield, Mo.
J.J. Williams made the go-ahead basket for the Crusaders on a layup with 11 seconds left.
Evangel trailed by three points in the final seconds of regulation until Stephen Cotton converted a three-point play with 20 seconds left to tie the score at 71.
Williams forced a jump ball with 2.4 seconds left to give possession to the Crusaders, but Norris deflected a pass as time expired to send the game to overtime. The Wildcats trailed 37-34 at halftime, but shot 40 percent from the field (13 of 32) in the second half.
Austin Keaton led C-SC with 19 points, while Jermaine Jones scored 16 and Norris added 11 points to go with 11 rebounds. CJ Adams grabbed 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (21-7, 12-4).
Parkland 61, JWCC 55: The Trail Blazers turned the ball over on four straight possessions, sealing their MidWest Athletic Conference loss to the Cobras (16-9, 3-4) at Champaign, Ill.
Brad Hamilton was the only player to score in double figures for the Trail Blazers (18-7, 5-2), finishing with 12 points. JWCC committed 20 turnovers.
Park 69, HLGU 61: The Pirates sank 11 of 12 free throws in the second half to beat the Trojans in an American Midwest Conference game at Parkville, Mo.
HLGU took its only lead in the second half, 44-43, when Herod Montgomery made a 3-pointer with 12:05 left in the game. Abraham Arinyakono's jumper cut Park's lead to 53-50 with 5:49 left, but the Pirates (18-8, 12-3) soon went on a 10-3 run, taking a 63-53 lead with Nigel Van Oostrum's layup with 1:54 left.
Jurgen Lico led HLGU (4-22, 1-13) with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Montgomery finished with 16 points. The Trojans made 26 turnovers in the game.
C-SC 57, Evangel 53: The Wildcats made 6 of 8 free throws in the final minutes to hold off the Crusaders in an HAAC game on the road.
C-SC took a 45-36 lead -- its biggest of the game -- when Jasmine Mathews scored with 6:38 left in the game. Evangel cut the lead to three points, but didn't get any closer.
Shelsey Stanley led the Wildcats (13-13, 8-8) with 14 points, while Randi Lee Plunkett scored 12 and Mimi Reaves added 11.
C-SC outrebounded Evangel 40-34 and grabbed 14 offensive rebounds. Kati Davis led the Wildcats on the boards with nine rebounds.
The victory helped C-SC maintain a one-game lead over Peru State for the fifth seed in the HAAC Tournament.
Parkland 80, JWCC 70: The Lady Blazers struggled to make shots late and dropped an MWAC game on the road.
JWCC (14-12, 4-3) led the entire first half and had a two-point halftime lead. Parkland (19-7, 5-1) took the lead four minutes into the second half and never trailed again.
Cheyenne Hedrington and Marshaya Sangster led the Lady Blazers with 19 points apiece.
Park 58, HLGU 34: The Lady Trojans shot only 19 percent from the field (11 of 56) in an AMC loss on the road.
After trailing 27-19 at halftime, HLGU made only four field goals in the second half. The Lady Trojans cut the lead to 27-21 when Rebecca DeRidder made a layup 27 seconds into the second half. The Lady Pirates answered with a 16-0 run.
Ashleigh Spencer finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for HLGU (14-13, 7-9).