GEORGETOWN, Texas – Southwestern University doused the postseason hopes for the Hendrix men Saturday night with a 79-76 overtime victory over the Warriors at the Robertson Center.
Hendrix (5-18, 4-11) got out to a fast start, taking a 17-9 lead with 12:51 left in the first half after a 3-pointer from senior guard Ammon Martin of Conway. The host Pirates (3-20, 3-11) answered with a 22-7 run over the next 11 and a half minutes to go up 33-24. The Warriors scored the final eight points of the half, with five points from Martin and a 3-pointer from senior guard Chris Goodman, to trail 33-32 at the break.
Hendrix went ahead 66-59 with 3:33 to play in regulation, but the Pirates again fought back with a 8-0 run to go up 67-66 with 1:03 left. Senior center Nick Heathscott of Conway hit a pair of free throws with 31 seconds remaining to tie it and Goodman went 1-for-2 at the line with 18 seconds left to go up by one. SU’s Michael Cantu hit a pair of free shots with 12 seconds left to force the overtime.
Goodman hit another pair of free throws to give Hendrix a 75-73 advantage with 2:20 left in the extra period. A layup by Cantu 13 seconds later tied it and a 3-pointer from Logan Hurley gave the Pirates a 78-75 lead. Warrior sophomore forward Colton Primm hit one-of-two free throws with 1:05 left and Cantu made one from the charity stripe to give the Pirates 79-76 lead with 10 seconds left.
The Warriors had two chances to tie the game, with Jaren Riley’s and Martin’s 3-point attempts missing the mark in the final five seconds of the contest.
Southwestern shot 38 percent (30-of-79), while Hendrix shot 41.5 percent (27-of-65). The Warriors had a 50-44 rebounding edge, but committed 16 turnovers, compared to six for the Pirates.
Primm tied his career-high with 19 points to go with eight rebounds to lead Hendrix. Martin had 18 points, nine boards and three assists and Heathscott scored 15 with nine rebounds. Goodman scored 14 points and set career-highs with seven rebounds and four steals.
Hurley led the Pirates with 20 points and Cantu had 14 points and five assists. Demetrice Spearman chipped in 11 points and James Davenport pulled down 11 rebounds.
The Warriors will play their final home game of the year on Wednesday, a non-conference contest against Rust College at 7 p.m.