LITTLE ROCK — Central Baptist College used a 14-3 run in the last two minutes to take an 85-83 win over Philander Smith in men’s baskeball Tuesday.
The conference victory moved the Mustangs into second place in the Association of Independent Institutions Conference.
The Panthers used a last-second 3-pointer to take a 43-39 lead at haflfime.
Freshman Matt Velek of Greenbrier sparked a 10-4 run to give the Mustangs the lead. Using a 10-0 run, the Panthers took a 73-66 lead with 5:06 left. Velek and Will Johnson kept the Mustangs closed. The Panthers pushed out to an 80-72 lead with 1:45 left. CBC used its pressure defense and back-to-back baskets by Johnson to narrow the deficit to four. Dane Lottner’s steal and dunk brought the Mustangs within two with 55.8 seconds left.
The Panthers built the lead to 82-78 before receiving a technical foul for hanging on the rim after a dunk. Johnson hit both free throws and hit a 5-footer jumper to tie the game at 82 with 42.3 seconds left. After Johnson rebounded a missed shot, Brady Batson scored off an assist by Gerry Allen to give the Mustangs the lead. After the Panthers made a free throw to pull within 84-83 and got the ball back after Velek missed to free throws then CBC was called for an offensive foul. Philander missed two shots in less than three seconds and Lottner made a free throw after a rebound, then got his own rebound after a missed free throw to clinch the victory.
“This was a crazy game and I am so proud of the guys,” said CBC coach Josh Austin. “They came into a rough environment and fought to the end.”
JOhnson scored a career-high 27 points and 12-ofn-20 from the field. Lottner added 17 and Velek 16 and eight rebounds. Gavin McDaniel added 10 points.
CBC host Fisk University tonight.