Pioneers Win in Final Second

Josh Griffin (Englewood, NJ) followed up a missed lay-up with 0.8 seconds remaining to lift the Alfred State College men's basketball team to a 68-67 victory over CC of Beaver County on Tuesday evening.

The Pioneers trailed by nine with just under five minutes left in the contest but rallied to tie the game at 64-64 with just under a minute left.  Jay Fletcher connected on three foul shots to increase the lead to 67-64 before Griffin cut it back to one with 5.9 seconds remaining.

After a ASC timeout, the Pioneers forced a turnover that was controlled by Ryan Caron (Prattsburgh).  Caron got the ball to Patrick Parker (Jamaica/Hillcrest) whose shot rattled out before Griffin grabbed the rebound and scored the game-winner.  CCBC's half court desperation shot at the buzzer fell short.

Parker led the Pioneers with 18 points and seven rebounds while Sir Aaron Taylor (West Chester/Lincoln Hall) came off the bench and chipped in 14 points, seven rebounds, and five steals.  Tommy Hutson (Brooklyn/Susan McKinney) finished with 13 while Griffin had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Fletcher led the Titans with 16 while Tyrone Steals came off the bench and chipped in 14.

CCBC led by four, 34-30, at half and only trailed for a few minutes in the contest.  ASC shot 39.3% from the field, 35.3% from three, and 56% from the foul line while CCBC shot 44.9% from the field, 35.7% from three, and 51.4% from the line.  The contest featured 49 fouls and 43 combined turnovers.

The win snaps the blue & gold's eight game losing streak and sends the team into the semester break with a 3-9 mark.  The Pioneers return to action on January 15th at Jamestown CC.