Wright St. 71, No. 25 Xavier, Ohio 70
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ Delme Herriman took a full-court pass and hit a turnaround jumper at the buzzer Saturday night to give Wright State a 71-70 upset of No. 25 Xavier of Ohio in the quarterfinals of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference tournament.
After a turnover, Wright State (12-16) inbounded the ball with 1.1 second left. Jon Ramey lobbed the ball the length of the court and Herriman, in the middle of a pile, grabbed the lob, turned and hit a 12-footer.
Xavier (23-4) lost to a conference team for the first time all season. The Musketeers swept to the regular-season championship by going 14-0 in conference play, the only time that’s been done in the MCC’s 16 years. Wright State provided two of its most emotional games along the way.
Vitaly Potapenko, Wright State’s 6-foot-10 center and best player, traded words and a shove with Xavier players in the earlier games. Wright State’s guards also denigrated Xavier’s guards.
Emotions spilled out midway through the second half Saturday. Wright State led 51-49 when Mike Conner drew an intentional foul for knocking down Xavier’s Pete Sears. Potapenko and Xavier’s DeWaun Rose went nose-to-nose and drew technicals _ Potapenko’s fourth foul.
Xavier sank all four shots, Wright State missed both, and Xavier went on to build a 64-58 lead with six minutes left. But Wright State came back behind Darryl Woods, who hit a 3-pointer and two free throws to put Wright State up 69-68 with 1:36 left.
Jeff Massey hit a twisting jumper to put the Musketeers ahead 70-69 with 1:23 left and Xavier got possession with fewer than 35 seconds left. But Sears turned it over in the closing seconds, giving Wright State one more chance.
Antuan Johnson led Wright State with 17 and Rob Welch had 16. Massey scored 21 for Xavier, which was just 2-of-17 from 3-point range.
Potapenko fouled out with 7:07 left with 15 points and just six rebounds.
Xavier coach Skip Prosser also had a technical _ his first of the season _ for arguing with the officials as he left the court at halftime.