Feb 02, 2016
ROSSVILLE, Georgia -- Bryan Foster banked in a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in overtime to give the West Georgia Tech men's basketball team a miracle comeback win over conference rival Georgia Northwestern Tuesday night in Rossville.
West Georgia Tech had to play from behind for much of the second half, trailing by as many as ten, 69-59 with seven minutes remaining in regulation.
Cameron Carter hit some big buckets down the stretch to pull WGT within striking distance. With the score tied 79-79, and :20 left on the clock, the Knights had a chance to win the game in regulation, but turned the ball over without getting a shot off.
WGTC trailed by seven in overtime, but rallied again. The Golden Knights pulled to within two with :13 left and fouled the Bobcats to send them to the free throw line. GNTC missed both free throws, setting up the frantic final seconds.
WGTC was unable to penetrate inside the lane, and Foster ended up with the ball on the left wing. After initially losing his dribble, Foster put up a prayer that banked in with 1.8 seconds left.
The Bobcats were unable to get a shot off before the buzzer.
Foster finished with six points on the night and had attempted only two shots prior to the game-winner.
"Somehow we won this game, you have to give Bryan Foster credit for hitting the big shot," Okolovitch said. "As a kid you grow up dreaming about making a game-winning three-pointer like that and you practice it over and over. I'm happy for him, and I'm just happy we can get out of here with a win and move on to the next game."
West Georgia Tech played without its point guard, as Dominique Lindsey sat out with a minor injury. Okolovitch said that he expects him to be back by next week.
Tuesday night's affair in Rossville was tight throughout, with 14 lead changes and five ties. The Bobcats led 45-44 at halftime.
Cameron Carter scored 22 points on 8 of 11 shooting to lead the Golden Knights. Joe Williams scored 18 points and Adrian Tolbert had another double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. J
alen Bracey scored 11 points to go along with nine assists and seven steals, both season highs.
West Georgia Tech shot 47.9 percent from the field (34 of 71) and 29.4 percent from long-range (5 of 17). The Bobcats shot 48.3 percent from the field (29 of 60) and connected on 11 of 26 from three-point range.
West Georgia Tech improves to 11-12 overall and 3-1 in the GCAA - Region 17 conference standings. WGTC will be tied for first place with the winner of Oxford College and Southern Crescent, who tangle on Thursday.
Georgia Northwestern fell to 9-12, 0-4.
West Georgia Tech returns home Thursday night to host the LaGrange College junior varsity team, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Then West Georgia Tech will play two-straight road conference contests, which will determine the conference regular season standings and seeding in the Region 17 Tournament.
The Golden Knights visit Southern Crescent next Monday and will travel to Oxford College a week from Saturday.
Thanks to Foster's miracle three at the buzzer, West Georgia Tech still controls its own destiny.
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