Nick Heathscott had a most enviable stat line Thursday night, and Hendrix needed every bit of it.
Heathscott, the 6-foot-5 sophomore from St. Joseph, scored 30 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field. He was 10-of-11 from the line and added 13 rebounds to spark the Hendrix men to a 71-67 overtime victory over Millsaps on Garrison Court at Grove Gymnasium.
For a breakout game, Heathscott was quick to spread the credit.
"I just ran the floor and tried to get in position to score," he said. "Our guards did a great job of getting me the ball."
Chief among those guards was senior Janson Hightower, who had 11 assists and only one turnover and added nine points and seven rebounds.
"He (Hightower) probably got me 20 of those points," Heathscott said. "He put it right on the money numerous times."
"Janson’s assist-to-turnover ratio is unbelievable," Hendrix coach Dan Priest said. "It’s about four- or five-to one. We need Nick’s scoring inside. We are a little bit smaller than we’ve been, and we have to rebound by committee sometimes."
The victory put Hendrix (3-3), 1-2 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
"We desperately needed this one," Priest said.
The Warriors head a clear advantage at the free-throw line, hitting 27 of 36. Millsaps was 12 of 17.
After eight minutes, neither team led by more than five points in the intense, back-and-forth struggle.
A 3-pointer by the Majors’ Blake Martinez gave the Majors a 55-53 lead with 43.7 seconds left in regulation. Heathscott’s two free throws with 16.3 seconds left led to the overtime.
Martinez’s 3-pointer gave Millsaps a 63-62 lead with 2:18 left in the extra period when the game turned for good. Cal Rose was awarded three free throws after a 3-point attempt, which highly frustrated Millsaps coach Tim Wise.
It carried over to a missed shot and a scramble on the opposite end of the court when Wise was whistled for a technical.
Rose hit both free throws to put the Warriors up by four.
The Majors kept scrapping and Hendrix needed free throws by Heathscott, Hightower and Rose in the final 35.3 seconds to close out the win.
Rose, who eclipsed 1,000 points for his Hendrix career, was the only other Warrior in double figures with nine.
Martinez had 21 points for Millsaps (2-6, 0-3) while post Ben Cooper added 18.
"Just a good Division III basketball game," Priest said.
The Warriors play Cornell College and Coe College this weekend in the Webster University Classic in St. Louis before breaking for the holidays.