Laurinburg, NC- The St. Andrews University men's basketball lost a last-second heartbreaker to Bryan College (Tenn.) on Saturday as a three-pointer by Bryan with 2.4 seconds left was able to win the game 58-55 for the Lions.
After two free throws by Bryan forward Brandon Cole with 30 seconds left put Bryan up 55-52, SAU point guard Aaron Smith took the ball and continued his hot shooting as he drilled a 3-pointer to tie the ballgame with 20 seconds to play. However, Smith's 34 points in the game were not enough as Bryan's Robert Troino would win the game at the buzzer with a 3-pointer from the corner and break the hearts of the SAU faithful.
Smith led the Knights with 34 points on 13 of 26 shooting (50%) and 2 steals and was also 6 of 12 on three-pointers himself. Unfortunately, he did not have much help otherwise from his teammates as they could only combine for 21 points. Smith's big game is the most points scored by an SAU player since current assistant coach Chris Sumski went for 30 plus a few years back.
Sophomore guard Chris Tucker led with 7 rebounds while freshman forward Nathaniel Pittman had 5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block and 2 steals. Junior guard Jibri Banner led with 4 assists and also had 6 rebounds and a steal.
As a whole, St. Andrews shot 44% for the game while Bryan shot 42.5 %. However, Bryan was just a tad better on threes as they were 7 of 15 for 46.7 % while the Knights where 7 of 18 for 39%. It was an overall clean game as well as both teams only combined for 22 turnovers.
Bryan (2-4, 2-0) was led by Cole's 17 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Logan Sharp's 10 points and 4 assists.
St. Andrews (1-3, 0-2) will continue their three-game home stand when they host conference foe Milligan College (3-1) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.