Former Albany Tech star Justin Wilcox hit the game-winner for ASU on Thursday on the road against Morehouse, redeeming himself after missing two game-winners earlier in the season.
ATLANTA — Justin Wilcox got the shot he wanted.
And this time he made it, burning a hole right through the net Thursday night by nailing a 3-pointer that lifted Albany State’s rams to a 65-64 win against Morehouse.
Guess the third time is really a charm.
“He missed a shot against Clark (Atlanta) and missed a shot against Paine that would have won those games for us,’’ ASU coach Chris Cameron said. “So it was really good to see him step up this time and knock it down.’’
But this was a bigger shot. The ones against Clark Atlanta and Paine were two-point jumpers. This was a 3 when only a 3 could win it.
“We had the ball with about 17 seconds left and ran a little ball screen and got the ball to Justin,’’ Cameron said. “And he hit a 3 with five seconds left.’’
Wilcox, a former Albany Tech star, finished with 11 and Rashard Lofton also dropped in 11. Jaren Harris added 10 points for the Rams, who are now 9-10 in the conference and 11-10 overall. Demarcus Blunt led the Rams with 19 points, including 16 in the first half.
“He carried us in the first half,’’ Cameron said of Blunt, another ex-ATC star..
Then Wilcox lifted ASU and carried the Rams at the end.
“Yeah, it felt good to win this one,’’ Cameron said.
ASU next faces Fort Valley State in a big road game at 8 p.m. Saturday.
NO. 2 DARTON WOMEN CRUSH ANDREW, LOOK TO REMATCH WITH NO. 1 SGT:
ALBANY — The Darton women’s basketball team improved to 16-6 overall and 11-3 in Region XVII on Thursday night with a 90-29 demolition of neighboring Andrew College, setting up a tough next few days for the region No. 2 Lady Cavs as they begin to close out the regular season.
“We’ve got Central Georgia Tech on Saturday — a team we only beat by one the first time — and then (region No. 1 and unbeaten) South Georgia Tech on Monday,” Darton coach Lea Henry said. “We had a great chance to beat (SGT) the first time but lost in overtime. We’re trying to take it one game at a time, but our kids know Monday is a big one.”
On Thursday, it was 6-foot-6 freshman Crystal Reed who quite literally came up big for Darton with a game-high 17 points. JoJo Smalls added 17 points and 16 rebounds and Michelle Mitchell dropped in 16 points and eight rebounds. Kierra Wright led Andrew with seven points as the Lady Tigers shot just 17 percent from the field, going 10-for-56 from the floor.
“Crystal is a big factor for us — literally,” said Henry, who is in her first season as Darton’s coach. “She’s played really well for us the more and more confidence she’s gotten. She’s hard for other teams to deal with.”