Prairie View A&M rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat Navy 42-40 on a buzzer-beating layup by Carl Blair on Friday in the South Padre Invitational in South Padre Island, Texas.
The Midshipmen's Brandon Venturini made the first of two free throws to tie the game at 40 with four seconds left. He missed the second, and the Panthers' Jules Montgomery rebounded and found Blair, who converted the game-winner for the final two of his nine points.
Both Navy (2-4) and Prairie View (3-4) had frigid games from the field, as the Panthers shot just 36.7 percent (18-of-49) from the field and were led by Jourdan DeMuynck's 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Midshipmen were even colder, making just 29.5 percent (13-of-44), with Venturini leading them with seven points.
The Panthers broke a three-game losing streak and will face Farleigh Dickinson Saturday afternoon. The Midshipmen, who lost for the third straight game, face Delaware State Saturday.
Up 24-15 at the half, the Midshipmen extended their lead to 12 on a Venturini 3-pointer with 17:42 left before the Panthers rallied, outscoring the Midshipmen 27-13 to close out the game.
In the first half, the two teams shot a combined 14-of-54 from the field, including 4-of-25 from 3-point range.
Both teams had stretches of more than five minutes without scoring a basket, but the two teams closed the first half with 3-pointers, first from the Midshipmen's 5-foot-6 guard Kevin Alter on a 25-footer, and then Blair converted his at the buzzer.