Panther men post double-OT win
Disappointed when one bit of euphoria was snuffed out at the end of the first overtime, the High Point University men’s basketball team dominated the second extra period and rejected Liberty 77-72 Wednesday at the Millis Center.
For a moment, the Panthers went into delirium when a tip went in at the buzzer. But after checking a video replay, officials ruled the basket no good.
HPU (8-8, 3-1 Big South) controlled the second extra period from the start as it scored the first four points on a John Brown tip and an Allan Chaney jumper. Liberty then never got closer than 2, that at 70-68. Chaney did most of the damage for the Panthers the rest of the way, scoring six of HPU’s last seven points (Adam Weary had the other) – all of them coming on free throws.
“The guys were disappointed,” HPU head coach Scott Cherry said. “But, all we walked about then was next play, next play, next play. We just had to focus on the next thing and not what didn’t happen. They did a regrouping and coming out with a win.”
Chaney wound up with a game-high 22 points, Brown had 18 and Weary wound up with 10.
“We knew we had five more minutes,” Chaney said of the second OT. “You’ve got to love it so you have to come out with some energy and intensity. You’ve got to come out as if it was a new ball game.”
The Flames were down six before Tomasz Gielo banked in a 3 with seven seconds left. Chaney then hit two free throws to seal it.
Tavares Sanders topped Liberty (5-13, 1-3) with 20 and John Caleb Sanders had 19, but weren’t big factors in either of the extra periods.
Weary forced the first extra period when he drove for a bucket with 49.5 seconds left. HPU took a quick three-point lead in the first overtime.
Liberty led one twice before the Panthers went up by two on a bucket by Chaney and a free throw by Brown. Liberty tied it 66 on two free throws by Davon Marshall, who finished with 11 points. HPU then had to settle for a Devante Wallace jumper that missed, setting up the tip that did not count.
“From my vantage point, I thought DeVante made it,” Chaney said. “But, hey, we got another five minutes, So it was all good.”