ALBANY — Former Westover star Brandon Hudson got a good look at a game-winning 3-pointer at the final buzzer Saturday against the College of Central Florida, but the shot hit the back of the rim as the clock expired in Albany Tech’s 68-66 loss to the defending NJCAA national champions.
“I thought he hit it,” Albany Tech coach Sylvester Patterson said. “But I thought the kids played hard. They left it all on the floor. I think everybody is starting to understand their role. I like this team. I think they will be there in the end.”
Albany Tech (7-8) led nationally-ranked No. 20 College of Central Florida by eight points at halftime, but the Patriots scored eight straight to open the second half.
Albany Tech was led by Brandon Quarterman’s 13 points, while Jonathan Thomas added 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Titans return to action Wednesday with a Region XVII game at Georgia Highlands.
GSW MEN 76, YOUNG HARRIS 75: The No. 24 Hurricanes held Young Harris scoreless for the final 3:12 of the game and got a Darius Redding free throw with six seconds left to break a 75-75 tie and win Saturday’s Peach Belt Conference matchup.
The lead went back and forth for much of the game before Young Harris built a six-point lead with 3:12 left for its biggest advantage. However, GSW’s defense came up big down the stretch, forcing two key turnovers.
The Hurricanes, playing for the first time since a Dec. 19 loss to Fort Valley State, improved to 11-1 and 3-0 in the conference. Alan Arnett led GSW with 20 points, while Darius Redding added 14 points and Jamon Hawkins and Johathan Brooks each scored 12 points. Brooks added a game-high 14 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
YOUNG HARRIS WOMEN 71, GSW 55: The Lady Hurricanes fell behind 41-17 at halftime and couldn’t recover in Saturday’s PBC game against Young Harris College.
GSW, which went on a six-minute scoring drought midway through the first half, was in action for the first time in nearly three weeks. The Lady Hurricanes are now 5-5 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
Tiara Thompson and Jasmine McSwain scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, to lead GSW, while Shanedra Lockett and Shaniece Sheffield each added eight points.
The Lady Hurricanes will look for their first conference win Jan. 10 when they return to the court at home against UNC Pembroke.