Hardin-Simmons’ men’s basketball team received a free throw from Derrick Jefferson with 1.9 to play to defeat Mississippi College in American Southwest Conference action at the A.E. Wood Coliseum in Clinton, Miss. On Saturday afternoon.
HSU led most of the first half and led 31-23 with :50 to play in the half but Jay Case scored the final five points of the half for MC and the Cowboys led 31-28 at halftime.
MC took their first lead of the second half when the used a 9-0 run to take a 46-41 lead with 8:35 to play. John Barnes then hit a 3-pointer and Justin Jones had back-to-back baskets to give HSU the lead back.
Jim Walter hit a 3-pointer to give HSU a 59-55 lead with 2:44 to play and neither team scored against until John Barnes split a pair of free throws with :50 to play. Case then hit a 3-pointer with :37 to play and HSU turned the ball over.
MC missed a shot but MC stole the ball and had it under the basket with 5.8 to play. They found Lakin Ford on a lob to the rim that he put in. Derrick Jefferson then went coast to coast and was fouled at what seemed like the buzzer. The officials went to replay and decided to put 1.9 seconds back on the clock and Jefferson had a pair of free throws.
Jefferson calmly sank the first and missed the second on purpose, but he crossed the line give MC one last chance but the desperation pass was knocked down.
John Barnes led the Cowboys with 18 points and Jim Walter had 11 points, including eight down the stretch for HSU.
Jay Case led the Choctaws with 17 points, including five 3-pointers. Emmanuel Ezejiofo had 14 points, Lakin Ford had 12 points and Rayner Frederick added 10.
HSU has won eight straight games and 13 of their last 14 to improve to 14-7 overall and 14-4 in league play. Mississippi College fell to 7-13 overall and 5-12 in ASC action. HSU returns home next weekend for its final games of the year at the Mabee Complex.
Information provided by HSU athletics department,