Harris-Stowe State Outlasts Missouri Baptist in OT in Game of the Week Thriller

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ST. LOUIS, MO- After a struggling win against St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Thursday, the Hornets turned around to face the only undefeated team in the conference in the AMC Game of the Week. HSSU delivered in fashion with a 79-78 OT win to snap the Spartans perfect season.

Dwane Miner led the Hornets today with 18 points on 6-11 for shooting. Christian Wimbley came off the bench to contribute 14 points and seven boards while Jeremy Verges and Deandre Clark both recorded 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Andrew Howard was the leading force for the Spartans with a game-high 23 points. Pablo Hernandez was right behind him with 18 of his own while Fitzgerald Hopkins and Johnny Benson combined for 24 points.

The Hornets opened up the game with a three-pointer from Miner to take a 3-0 lead. The Spartans would answer right back when Howard got himself into the lane for MBU's first points of the game.

HSSU's lead did not last long as Howard went on to score Missouri Baptist's next four points to take their first lead of the night. The Spartans would lead the entire first half, pushing their lead to as much as 11.

Harris-Stowe would end the half with a deep three-pointer from Verges to cut the Hornets deficit to 35-33.

The Hornets would finally regain the lead with 10:13 left in the second half when Deandre Clark found a wide-open Christian Wimbley on the three-point line to take a 52-51 lead. MBU took their lead back just 30 seconds later when Pablo Hernandez scored in the paint.

The Spartans once again kept their lead for most of the second half. That is until the Hornets made their late comeback to threaten it.

Clark scored five straight points for the Hornets to put them up 64-62 with 1:29 left in regulation. MBU's Hernandez would get a lay-up to fall with 9 seconds left on the clock to tie the game 64. Nate Rigmaiden would miss a three at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

Just like the beginning of the game, Miner would drain a deep three to open up play. But, HSSU found themselves down by two with 57 seconds left in the first overtime. Altez Davis would change that with 23 seconds left on the clock when he sank a deep three-pointer from the right side to give the Hornets a 79-78 lead.

Missouri Baptist was not able to convert on their trip down the floor and saw their perfect season come to an end as HSSU held on for the 79-78 win.

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