ODESSA, Texas – McMurry University’s men’s basketball team closed the curtain on the 2013-14 season with an overtime win at the University of Texas-Permian Basin, 95-94, at the Falcon Dome.
The victory gave the War Hawks a 12-15 overall mark (7-11 Heartland) for head coach Clif Carroll’s first season.
The first half of play belonged to the Falcons, as UTPB raced out to a 48-35 lead after the opening 20-minute segment. The host Falcons were buoyed by their deft shooting from beyond the arc, hitting 7-of-16 three-point attempts (three each from Madison Turner and Anthony Dees).
Junior Connor Robinson and senior Alfred Perez accounted for 26 of McM’s 35 first half points. Robinson tallied 16 in the opening segment, while Perez added 10.
McMurry looked rejuvenated out of the locker room and – by the first media timeout at the 15:47 mark – the War Hawks had drawn to within four points. A three-pointer by Thiago Randazzo, off an assist from Perez, cut the McMurry deficit to 54-50.
But no sooner had the War Hawks clawed their way back, then the Falcons went on a 12-0 run in less than three minutes. A pair of free throws by Robinson with 12:00 left on the clock made it 66-52 and broke the McM scoring drought.
McM continued to battle. A layup by Hondo Webb made it a seven-point margin, 74-67, with 8:09 remaining. And the War Hawks were far from finished.
After trailing the majority of the game, McM took the upper hand with 34 seconds left on a trey by Webb. It was Perez corralling an offensive rebound and then kicking it out to Webb for the assist, 87-86.
UTPB came back with a three-point play with 19 tics on the clock, making it 89-87.
After a turnover and two missed free throws in the waning seconds by UTPB, the stage was set for senior Kourtney Goff to deliver some dramatics in his final game as a War Hawks. Goff converted a driving layup with 0.7 seconds left to knot matters at 89-89 and send the contest to the extra period.
In OT, Randazzo scored a layup with 4:34 left to but McMurry on top 91-89. The War Hawks held that advantage until the 1:34 mark when UTPB’s Phadarius Taylor hit a short jumper and was fouled. Taylor missed the free throw, leaving the door open for McM.
With 1:07 to play in overtime, Randazzo’s driving layup was good and McMurry had the 95-94 lead it would not relinquish, as neither team scored the rest of the way.
Randazzo scored all 21 of his points after halftime. Robinson led all scorers with 24 points and also pulling down 15 rebounds.
Perez finished his McM finale with 18 points and seven boards. Webb added 16 points and eight caroms.
Six Falcons had double-digit scoring, led by 21 from Thomas Feeney.