By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The Southeastern and Central boys basketball teams each went down to the wire to escape with close victories Friday night at the Suns Classic in Augusta, Ill.
The Suns let a 34-25 lead slip away in the final period but staved off Unity for a 45-43 victory.
In the other game, Central overcame a 41-29 deficit after the third quarter with a 25-point showing in the fourth to rally for a 54-51 victory over West Hancock.
Southeastern held Unity to six points in the first quarter and led 24-11 in the first half with the help of 10 points from Winston Smith.
The Suns were outscored 14-10 in the third quarter but still led 35-24 heading into the final period.
Alex Blickhan scored six of his eight points in the final period for the Mustangs, but the Suns were able to hold them off for the victory.
Smith led Southeastern with 20 points.
Will Klusmeyer and Nick Dorethy led Unity with nine points apiece.
West Hancock raced to an 18-11 lead after the first quarter behind nine points, all 3-pointers, from Trevor Knipe.
The Titans extended the lead in the second, outscoring the Panthers 14-10 and limiting them to five baskets.
West Hancock distanced itself further in the third period, but Central ignited in the fourth.
Cole Phillips and Taylor Heimann scored seven points apiece for the Panthers in the final period. Meanwhile, the Titans were held to 10 points in the period.
Phillips led Central with 12 points and Austin Kramberg added 11.
Knipe finished with 12 points for West Hancock and Devin Rings added 11.
Missouri-St. Louis 79, Hannibal-LaGrange University 58: Neville Joseph scored a game-high 19 points and the Trojans shot 42.3 percent from the field in an exhibition road loss.
The Trojans fell to 0-6, while UMSL improved to 4-2.
HLGU's Joe Williams scored a basket at 10 minutes, 50 seconds left in the first half to tie the game at 16, but UMSL went on a 17-2 run over the next 3:37 to take a 33-18 lead they never relented.