Winthrop holds off Liberty 80-72 in Big South
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP)—Reggie Middleton scored 26 points and Mantoris Robinson had a double-double as Winthrop held off Liberty 80-72 on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the Big South Conference tournament.
Middleton scored 11 straight points during a 13-4 run in the second half that gave the No. 3-seeded Eagles (17-13) a 71-61 lead with 4:10 to go.
The Flames (15-16), seeded sixth, pulled within 75-72 with 37 seconds left, then Winthrop hit 5 of 6 free throws to seal the win.
Robinson, who was voted the Big South’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, had 13 points, 10 rebounds—all on the defensive end — and five assists for the Eagles.
Winthrop, which snapped a two-game skid, will face Radford, a 64-61 overtime winner over Charleston Southern, in the tournament semifinals on Thursday.
Jesse Sanders led Liberty with 25 points and Kyle Ohman added 22.