South Carolina St holds off St Andrews 59-55 in OT

The Associated Press

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Matthew Hezekiah had two late baskets, including a go-ahead tip-in to help South Carolina State prevail in overtime over St. Andrews of the NAIA 59-55 Sunday night.

The Bulldogs (1-1) grabbed a nine-point lead early in the second half, but the Knights surged back to tie the game at 40 with 6:22 remaining.

Michael Wood made a layup to give St. Andrews a six-point lead. Jordan Smith and Adama Adams each hit a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.

The Knights jumped ahead by four after free throws from Jibri Banner, but Koran Wright answered back with a triple.

Hezekiah hauled in an offensive rebound and tipped it in to grab the lead. He added a jumper with 29 seconds remaining to go up by three.

Aaron Smith missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 15 seconds left, forcing St. Andrews to foul and cut the upset bid short.

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