Laurinburg, NC- The St. Andrews men's basketball team played by far their best game of the season to date and it looked like it was going to be SAU'S first overtime game of the season as junior guard Chris Clay's three-pointer tied the game at 64 with 7 seconds to play. However, Virginia Intermont College's Anthony Goode ran the length of the court and dropped in the game-winning layup as the buzzer sounded making it 66-64 in favor of the Cobras in one of the most exciting games to ever be played at Harris Court.
Harris court was electric for the first time all year as SAU rallied back in the second half after trailing by 5 to send the crowd into an uproar. However, after Goode's layup fell through, the feeling of disappointment could be felt resonating throughout the packed crowd.
But Knights fans should not be discouraged as the young team fought tooth and nail through the game with one of the better teams in the AAC and was seconds away from pulling a major upset.
Clay's tying 3 was his fourth of the game as he led the Knights with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Senior forward Demetrius Monroe also had a good night as he scored 11 points along with 8 rebounds. Knights freshman center Chris Orr tied his game high with 7 blocks while also tallying 9 rebounds and just missing an unconventional double-double.
St. Andrews came out on fire making their first 3 shots and 4 of their first 5 as they stormed out to a 10-0 lead and later extended it to 18-3 before cooling off. VIC struggled from the field all game only shooting 21% in the first half compared to the Knights' 48%. SAU took an 11 point lead into the break, but only to see VIC come all the way back and lead 49-44 with 10 minutes to go.
However, SAU would not be done as they fought back to regain a 57-52 edge before seeing the Cobras rally again and take a 64-61 lead on a three-pointer by guard Tyrone Smith with 25 seconds left. After a VIC timeout, SAU came back and whittled the clock down to 7 seconds as Clay tied the game on his fourth three-pointer only to see it go for naught just a few seconds later.
SAU out shot VIC for the game 45% to 34% and also made more three-pointers as VIC really struggled from behind the arc. However, the game was won on free throws as the Cobras had 17 more free throw attempts than the Knights outscoring SAU 20-6 in free throws made.
SAU falls to 0-16 on the season and 0-8 in AAC play while Virginia Intermont improves to 11-8 and 5-2.
St. Andrews will continue their homestand when they return to action next Wednesday at 7:30 pm to host Union College here at Harris Court. Come out and support your knights as they look for their first win of the season.