Shippensburg pulls out last-seconds win over Mounties
Joe Lococo's jumper with 38 seconds remaining broke a 76-76 tie and lifted Shippensburg to a 79-76 win over Mansfield in a PSAC East slugfest Saturday in Heiges Field House.
Both teams exchanged runs and counter runs for much of the game, especially in the second half.
Mansfield (5-10, 3-8 PSAC) led most of the first half, taking a 29-17 lead on a layup by Joe Bell with just under six minutes remaining before intermission.
But Shippensburg would rally, going on a 21-3 run over the remainder of the half to take a 38-33 advantage into halftime.
Shippensburg (4-11, 2-9 PSAC) would extend its lead to 45-35 two minutes into the second half on a 3-pointer by Lococo before the Mountaineers countered with a 13-4 run closing the gap to 49-48 on a pair of Chuck Harper free throws with just over 14 minutes to go.
Shippensburg steadily increase its lead, taking a 62-55 advantage with 8:37 remaining before Mansfield once again rallied going on a 16-4 run over the next five minutes and taking a 71-67 lead when Harper scored on a layup off a steal and assist by Onyema Utti with 3:35 to go.
But Shippensburg got hot in the stretch, connecting on all five of its shots over the final three minutes and taking a 78-76 lead on Lococo's jumper with 12 seconds to play. Charles Becoats jumper with three second left went off the rim and Chuck Harper's tip missed its mark before Harper was called for a rebounding foul.
Shippensburg hit 1-2 free with less than a second to play and a desperation 3-pointer by Mansfield couldn't find the mark as the buzzer sounded.
Shippensburg shot 60% from the floor in the second half while Mansfield held a 33-28 rebounding advantage in the game.
Joe Bell topped four Mountaineers in double-figures with 18 points. Becoats added 14 points and Harper recorded a double-double with 11 points and a game and career-best 13 rebounds. Kenny Johnson also scored 11 points. Sophomore Mark Wilber got his first collegiate start and responded with 8 points going 4-4 from the floor.
Shippensburg had all five starters score in double-figures led by Lococo with a game-high 20 points. Reggie Charles had 14 points and Akil Anderson 14 points.
Mansfield will host Bloomsburg this Wednesday night.