Head coach Happy Osborne earned win No. 100 Friday night as Kentucky Wesleyan survived Montevallo 76-74 in the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.
Congrats to Coach Osborne on the milestone victory:
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Here’s a recap from KWC:
EVANSVILLE, IN. – Despite foul trouble the Kentucky Wesleyan College men’s basketball team opened the season with a 76-74 victory over Montevallo on Friday night at the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic. Dakota Quinn blocked the Falcons’ game-tying attempt to give the Panthers’ Head Coach Happy Osborne his 100th career win at KWC.
Wesleyan led 17-16 early before sprinting out to their largest lead of the game. Dakota Quinn recorded four points and a steal in a 10-0 run. The Panthers led by as many as 11 points with seven minutes left in the half, but the Falcons withstood the run to trail 37-35 at the break. The Falcons carried its momentum from a strong finish to the first half into the second as Julio Guity gave Montevallo a 46-45 lead by converting a pair from the charity stripe.
A three point-play by Bird Cardwell gave the Panthers a 50-49 lead with 11 minutes left. The Falcons began to stumble offensively as Quinn took advantage by pushing the lead two more points with his second dunk on the night. Cardwell followed with a lay-up to extend the lead to 54-49.
However, the post play slowed in the final 10 minutes as Amir Warnock and Quinn got into foul trouble. Warnock left the game with seven minutes after receiving his fifth foul. Quinn was on the bench with four fouls. Nevertheless, Cardwell continued to get better in crunch time as he tallied 13 second half points while while Evan Milligan dropped-in two crucial three-point baskets.
Chris Williams negated all the hard work by the Panthers as his three-point basket with two minutes left tied the game at 69-69. A minute later Daniel Dzierzawski got to the rim for a lay-up to return a two-point edge to Wesleyan. Guity split a pair from the foul line with 37 seconds left while Dzierzawski built a 73-70 with 22 seconds left by converting his free-throws.
On the next possession, Cardwell fouled-out of the game as the Falcons made good from the foul line, but Rasheide Bell continued the exchanged with two foul shots of his own, building a 75-72 lead. Williams got an offensive rebound on the following possession with six seconds left and went to the free-throw line again to bring the Falcons to 75-74.
Dzierzawski left the door open after splitting two on the line. Williams again drove to the basket, but this time he was met by Quinn who swatted the game-tying attempt away giving the Panthers the first win of the season.
Cardwell finished with 23 points while Dzierzawski added 13 points and five assists. Rasheide Bell finished with a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Panthers will play the University of Southern Indiana on Saturday night as the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic continues. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 PM CT.