N.C.-Asheville 84, Towson St. 79, OT
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Victor Newman’s tap-in with 47 seconds left in overtime proved to be the game-winning shot as North Carolina-Asheville defeated Towson State 84-79 on Saturday.
It was the first victory ever for the Bulldogs (8-9, 4-3 Big South Conference) in six tries against Towson State.
North Carolina-Asheville forced the extra period when Ralf Melis hit two free throws with no time remaining in regulation to knot the score at 72. The free throws came when officials ruled that Melis was fouled by Michael Keyes before the buzzer.
Keyes appeared to have won the game for Towson State (7-9, 2-6) after hitting an 18-footer with one second left to give the Tigers a 72-70 lead. On the inbounds play, Newman made a full-court pass that rebounded into the hands of Melis, leading to the call and the tie.
In overtime, the teams swapped the first seven points before Newman’s score. The Tigers turned the ball over on the next possession, and Josh Kohn and Willie Black combined for three free throws to ice the game.
Newman led UNCA with 18 points, while William Coley and Kohn added 15. Stevie Thomas led Towson State with 17 points.