ROCK HILL, SC – A game-winning 3-point attempt from D’Maurian Williams failed to fall at the buzzer as Gardner-Webb (9-10, 3-3) dropped a close Big South North Division showdown against Winthrop (12-6, 5-0) on Saturday afternoon at Rock Hill, 64-62.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs led for nearly 31 minutes against the Big South pre-season favorite, extending a lead to as much as 10 points midway through the second half before Winthrop took his second lead of the game with 3:25 to go and closed on a 22 -13 ran on the final 6:22 to escape with victory and remain unbeaten in the league this season.
Five seconds behind with seven seconds remaining, Lance Terry buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key to make it a two-point game, 64-62. After Gardner-Webb fouled after inbounds, Winthrop’s Patrick Good missed the front of a one-on-one as Williams snatched the rebound and took off on the floor with six seconds left on the clock.
Looking for a final opportunity, Williams overshot the half court and created space on the right side to get up and hoist a 3 to win it, but his buzzer beat attempt hit the back edge and bounced back as the Eagles celebrated a comeback. -behind the effort to top their 11and– direct victory at home inside the Winthrop Coliseum.
Terry finished with a season-high 20 points behind four 3-pointers and a 7-of-12 shooting performance overall. It’s the third time in his career that he’s scored 20 or more points.
Sion Williams also finished in double digits for GWU with 11 points and six rebounds, while Jordan Sear scored nine points and D’Maurian Williams added eight to go along with five rebounds and three assists. Anthony Selde also assembled a career-high team and eight boards of directors, one more than Ludovic Dufeal, who finished with seven rebounds and two assists.
Gardner-Webb shot 40.0 percent overall on 22-for-55 shooting from the field and an 8-for-21 mark from beyond the arc. Winthrop, who scored just six field goals in the first half, finished the game shooting 22 of 45 (48.9%) overall. The Eagles connected on just four 3-pointers, tied for third against the Runnin’ Bulldogs this season.
Winthrop’s victory takes the Eagles to 6-1 in games decided by five runs or less this season, while the ‘Dogs move to 1-3 in such contests. WU has now won six in a row overall, while GWU has lost its last three after a 3-0 start to the conference roster.
Gardner-Webb will now look to his next game on Thursday, January 27 at UNC Asheville. A second straight road test and their third in the last four games, the Runnin’ Bulldogs will be looking to get back on track against an Asheville team also sporting a 3-3 record in the Deep South this season. Tipoff is pinned at 7 p.m. with live coverage available on ESPNU.