Junior forward Tim Rusthoven made the second of two free throws with no time remaining on the clock, giving William & Mary a dramatic 73-72 victory over UNC-Wilmington on Wednesday at Raiford G. Trask Coliseum.
Rusthoven, junior guard Brandon Britt and sophomore guard Marcus Thornton scored 17 points apiece for the Tribe (13-16, 7-10 Colonial Athletic Association). Senior forward Keith Rendleman had a game high 24 points and 11 rebounds for UNC-Wilmington (10-19, 5-12).
William & Mary led 20-19 midway through the opening period after Terry Tarpey made a layup with 10:09 remaining. The Tribe went up 34-24 when Thornton converted a 3-point play with 4:53 to go, but the Seahawks led 39-34 at the break after closing the half with a 15-0 run. Freddie Jackson sparked the run, scoring seven consecutive points over a span of 2:26.
William & Mary battled back in the second half, outscoring UNC-Wilmington 13-3 over the first 4:25 to take a 47-42 lead on a 3-pointer by Matt Rum. The teams continued to exchange leads throughout the half. UNC-Wilmington's Tanner Milson made a 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining to tie the game, but Rusthoven's free throw gave William & Mary the win.