Poderis’ FT lifts ETSU past S.C.-Upstate 63-62
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP)—Lukas Poderis made a free throw with 14 seconds left to lift East Tennessee State to a 63-62 win over South Carolina-Upstate on Monday.
South Carolina-Upstate’s Carter Cook missed a layup seven seconds later after Poderis’ free throw that would’ve won the game.
The Pirates (7-7, 3-0 Atlantic Sun Conference) took a 62-56 lead with 3:53 to play on a dunk by Micah Williams, who finished with 12 points and five rebounds. The Spartans (1-12, 1-3) answered with a 6-0 run, capped by Mezie Uzochukwu’s free throw to tie the game at 62-62 with 57 seconds remaining.
But Poderis, who finished with 14 points and shot 8 of 10 from the free throw line, hit the go-ahead free throw to put ETSU up for good. Tommy Hubbard led the Pirates with 21 points and nine rebounds.
Cedric Koffi and Pat Posey each scored 12 points for South Carolina-Upstate. Uzochukwu had 11 points and 10 rebounds.