Athletics Department - News
#5 Benedict falls to #4 Arkansas Tech on last second shot in Men's South Regional
March 15, 2009
LAKELAND, FL -- Benedict College run for the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship ended Saturday on a last second shot. Thiago Cordeiro hit a layup with eight seconds remaining in the game to lift No. 4 Arkansas Tech to a 63-62 win over No. 5 Benedict in the quarterfinals of the NCAA DII Men's Basketball South Regional.
Cordeiro would finish the game with 14 points and nine rebounds for Arkansas Tech (23-8). Chad Henderson led all scorers with 18 points, and Tech's Troy Marcus chipped in 10.
Benedict (24-6) was led by Darius Lane's 12 points. Bennie Lewis and Aubrey Brown scored 10 points each.
The teams played evenly through the first part of the opening stanza, and the score was knotted at 13-13 with 13:21 on the clock. At that point, Arkansas Tech went on a 10-0 run to pull ahead 23-13 with 10:46 left in the period.
The Arkansas Tech lead remained at 27-17 at the 6:25 mark when Benedict started to slice into the Wonder Boys' advantage. The Tigers reeled off a 9-0 run of their own, capped by a Martinis Woody layup, to cut the lead to 27-26 with 50 seconds left in the half. A Brandon Friedel three-pointer sent Arkansas Tech into intermission with a 30-26 lead.
The second half transpired in much the same fashion as the first, with the Wonder Boys stretching their lead to 47-37 on a traditional three-point play by Terrell Northington with 11:23 remaining. As they'd done in the first period, the Tigers began chipping at the lead and trimmed Tech's advantage to 53-51 on a Lewis three-pointer with 6:41 showing on the clock.
The Wonder Boys rebuilt their cushion to 57-52 at the 4:47 mark before a pair of free throws by Lane whittled the advantage back to 57-56 with 2:39 left in the contest.
The teams traded baskets and were gridlocked at 61-61 with 19 seconds left. Martinis converted a pair of free throws to put Benedict in front 62-61 before Cordeiro sank the game-winning layup on the other end of the floor.