Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Miners rally from 15-point deficit, but suffer first loss at William Jewell

LIBERTY, Mo. – Missouri S&T’s men’s basketball team made a valiant comeback from a 15-point deficit in the second half, but Nick Larson was able to keep the Miners at bay to allow future Great Lakes Valley Conference member William Jewell to come away with a 72-67 victory Tuesday night.

The Miners trailed 45-30 two minutes into the second half, but outscored the Cardinals 22-7 over the eight minutes that followed to tie the contest at 52. Bryce Foster’s basket at the 10:31 mark evened the score, then the Miners missed two chances to grab the lead before Larson scored on a layup at the 9:10 mark to put Jewell back in the lead.

William Jewell, who never trailed in the game, was able to extend that  lead to seven, but the Miners cut into it again and drew to within one on a layup by Carlton Westbrook with 2:18 remaining. But Larson struck again by scoring on the Cardinals’ next three trips down the floor to make it a seven-point game again at 69-62 with 43 seconds remaining.

The Miners gave themselves a chance, however, as Tommy Pelcynski hit a three-pointer and Foster hit a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left to get S&T to within three. Jewell’s Chris Uz followed by missing the front end of a one-and-one with 17 seconds to go, but Foster had a shot blocked and Pelczynski was off the mark on a three-pointer in the final seconds to allow the Cards to escape.

After tying the score at two in the early going, the Cardinals ran off nine straight points to move ahead 11-2. The deficit reached 13 before S&T drew to within six on a basket by Mike Malat with 8:56 left in the half. William Jewell scored the next six points to regain a 12-point lead and eventually led by 14 before the half ended.

The Miners, who shot 40.3 percent in the contest, were led by Foster with 21 points, 15 of which came in the second half. Pelczynski scored all 13 of his points in the second half, while Westbrook and Maurice Grinter had nine points apiece.

Larson led all scorers with 27 points and added 19 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Cardinals (5-1), who will join the GLVC next season.

Missouri S&T (3-1) will host Pittsburg State Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Bullman Multi-Purpose Building.

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