Senior Glenn Cosey banked in a 37-footer right before the buzzer to give the Eastern Kentucky men’s basketball team an improbable 79-78 win over visiting Southeast Missouri Saturday night in McBrayer Arena.
Eastern Kentucky (16-7, 7-3 OVC) trailed by 10 points with just under four minutes to play before making a furious rally.
The Colonels pulled even with 55 seconds left behind a Tarius Johnson tip-in.
Southeast Missouri (12-11, 3-6) refused to give up the lead as Lucas Nutt hit a floater with 39 seconds left. Cosey hit a pair of free throws with 26 seconds remaining, but SEMO’s Tyler Stone netted a putback with 6.6 seconds on the clock to keep the Red-hawks ahead by two.
Cosey took the ball just over mid-court before throwing up the winning shot. After an official review of Cosey’s shot, 0.4 seconds were put on the clock. Southeast Missouri didn’t get a shot off on its final possession.
Cosey and junior Corey Walden each posted a team-high 20 points.
No. 3 Florida 69, Texas A&M 36: Michael Frazier II scored 22 points, Dorian Finney-Smith added 11 and for No. 3 Florida. The Gators extended a school record for consecutive home wins to 27 and tied the fewest points Florida has allowed in SEC play since 1950.
No. 2 Syracuse 91, No. 17 Duke 89 (OT): Jerami Grant scored eight points in overtime to finish with a career-high 24 and Jim Boeheim’s No. 2 Syracuse stayed unbeaten, topping Mike Krzyzewski’s No. 17 Duke at home in a matchup of the two winningest coaches in Division I history.
No. 4 Wichita State 81, Evansville 67: Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker had 14 points apiece, and fourth-ranked Wichita State withstood an early barrage to stay among the nation’s three unbeaten teams.
Auburn 74, Georgia 67: Chris Denson scored 18 points and host Auburn made six straight free throws over the final 34 seconds.
Vanderbilt 55, Mississippi St. 49: Rod Odom scored 18 pointsto lead Vanderbilt to its third straight win. Host Vandy is playing with only seven scholarship players.
Mississippi 75, South Carolina 71: Marshall Henderson scored 21 points, Jarvis Summers added 15 and Mississippi rallied from a 15-point deficit at home.
LSU 88, Arkansas 74: Jordan Mickey had 22 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, and LSU led throughout. Johnny O’Bryant III had 23 points and nine rebounds for the host Tigers.
Morehead State 65, Jacksonville State 54: Angelo Warner scored 12 points as Morehead State held on for a home victory. Greg Dotson had 10 points for the Eagles Chad Posthumus led the team with 12 rebounds.
Manchester 70, Transylvania 66: Three last-minute missed shots sank the Pioneers on the road. Freshman guard Ethan Rowe netted a career-high 29 points. Rowe was 10-of-16 from the field, 6-of-10 from three-point range and 100 percent from the charity stripe.
Georgetown 83, Shawnee State 79 (OT): Georgetown needed an extra five minutes, but it finished its road swing with a win. Dominique Hagans earned a double-double with a game-high 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Tigers while Noah Cottrill hit five threes on the way to 23 points.
Jacksonville 95, Northern Kentucky 77: Keith McDougald and Jarvis Haywood combined for 41 points against visiting Northern Kentucky as Jacksonville finished with a 40-25 advantage on the boards. Jordan Jackson scored 18 points and added six assists for the Norse.
Bellarmine 73, Illinois-Springfield 53: Bellarmine rolled to a big first half lead and coasted to a homecoming victory. Bellarmine made seven of 19 first-half threes and turned the ball over just two times to go into the locker room with a 42-18 lead. Seniors Keisten Jones and Vance Hall had 16 points apiece.
St. Catharine 112, Lindsey Wilson 103: St. Catharine carried a five-point lead into halftime and never trailed after. St. Catharine was led by Omar Skinner with a team-high 20 points and six rebounds. Two Lindsey Wilson players had career highs, Tony Menton with 24 points and Keshaun Mayfield with 23.
Pikeville 119, Life 106: Seven players reached double figures for host Pikeville. Keala King led the Bears with 22 points while Bruce Reed, Chris Cantino and Kenny Manigault all added double-doubles.
Kentucky Christian 101, Morthland 93: Kentucky Christian was led in scoring by Caleb Ford with 24 points, Trevor Hunt with 22, and Tyler Farley with 21 in a game where the Knights tallied 25 assists.
Eastern Kentucky 75, Southeast Missouri 56: The Colonels’ 17-2 run to end the first half propelled Eastern Kentucky to a win at home. Sophomore Miranda Maples led all players with 20 points and grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds.
Morehead State 73, Jacksonville State 53: Morehead State opened up a 39-8 first-half advantage and never looked back in a drubbing of visiting Jacksonville State. Junior guard Almesha Jones paced the Eagles with 21 points on 8-of-10 from the field and nine assists.
Northern Kentucky 63, Florida Gulf Coast 43: NKU handed Florida Gulf Coast its first regular-season Atlantic Sun Conference loss since the 2010-11 season. Kayla Thacker scored a game-high 22 points to lead the host Norse.
Transylvania 76, Manchester 54: The Pioneers pulled away from Manchester late to remain undefeated on the road and first place in conference standings. Leading the way for the Transy was sophomore guard Katelyn Smith, with 22 points.
Lindsey Wilson 76, St. Catharine 66: Bre Elder scored a career-high 24 points in Lindsey Wilson’s road win. Jamie Cummings added 14 points and 13 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Kayla Richardson scored 19. Heather Sandlin led St. Catharine with 17 points.
Shawnee State 70, Georgetown 63: Georgetown women couldn’t overcome a 16-point halftime deficit. Jessica Foster led the Tigers with a career- and game-high 17 points.
Bellarmine 73, Illinois-Springfield 70: Facing a deficit for much of the contest, Bellarmine surged back in the second half for the home win. Jessica Hardin scored 18 points and Therese Montano scored 16.
Tennessee Wesleyan 67, Union 62: Union evened the score with 3:14 to play but could never reclaim the lead. Amber Taylor led Union with 19 points.
Pikeville 81, West Virginia Tech 70: Khalilah Quigley scored a game-high 21 points to help Pikeville on the road.
No. 25 Middle Tennessee 67, Tulsa 57: Ebony Rowe scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for visiting No. 25 Middle Tennessee. Rowe, a former Paul Dunbar standout, scored 10 points after halftime to notch her 70th career double-double, 17th this season. .