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First-year Tiger point guard Cedric Henderson drained a 17-foot jumper at the buzzer to pull Campbellsville University past No. 22 Union (Tenn.) University 68-66 on Tuesday night.
It’s the third straight year the Tigers have taken down a higher-ranked Union on its home floor.
“Our guys are excited and they should be, but we need to be humble in this win,” CU head coach said. “We’ve done this three years in a row, and they (Union) came back and beat us the first two years on our court. We need to make sure that doesn’t happen again in January. The only way we do that is to handle this with some humility.”
Henderson led all scorers with 15 points and eight assists, including giving the Tigers’ their first lead of the night (7-6). After the Tigers gained the lead they held on for most of the first half. Union gained a 34-33 lead with two minutes left in the first half before Justin Ennis secured a defensive rebound and popped a three-pointer on the other end to give CU a 38-35 lead at the break.
The second half was a different story, as Union scored the first five points and pulled ahead by eight, 49-41. The Bulldogs clung to its lead until inside the four-minute mark.
Dennis Harris pulled the Tigers back within one (60-59) with a pair of free throws with 5:13 remaining. Reggie Smith cleaned up the defensive glass and scored on the other end to put the Tigers back in front (61-60). Union answered though, and maintained a one-possession lead until Jordan Myers sank a three from the right side with a minute left to put the Tigers up 66-64. Skyler Vaden evened the score with a lay-up and the Bulldogs were looking to regain the lead after a missed three by Smith, when Henderson swiped the ball from Giosha Koguashvili with 15 seconds left to give CU the final shot.
Jonas Bohm led the Tigers in scoring most of the game, posting 12 points on 6-7 shooting. Smith finished with 14 points, including four threes.
Campbellsville (3-1) opens Mid-South Conference play and its home schedule on Saturday (8:00) against Rio Grande.
Tigers capture 80-76 win at Life
Cedric Henderson sank the back end of a bonus free throw opportunity with three seconds remaining to sure up an 80-76 victory for Campbellsville University at Life (Ga.) University Saturday afternoon.
Henderson and Kevin Bobson combined to go 7-10 from the charity stripe in the final minute to secure the road victory.
The Tigers led for the majority of the night, gaining their first lead (7-5) on a basket by Reggie Smith and never letting go. After playing a one- to two-possession game for most of the first half, Jordan Myers broke a 21-21 tie with a Tiger three-pointer. Smith followed with a three to give Campbellsville its largest lead yet (28-21). That lead eventually grew to eight points (35-27) on a three-pointer by Justin Ennis, as the Tigers went on to enter half-time up 39-34.
Life out scored Campbellsville 13-8 in the first seven minutes of the second half, tying the game 47-47 on a basket by Josh Lee. Dennis Harris broke the tie with his first of two straight threes as part of a 14-3 run for Campbellsville to go up by 12 (64-52) with eight minutes to play.
The Tigers maintained a near 10-point margin for the next six minutes until Life chipped away to pull within four (75-71) with 40 seconds left. But, that was as close as Life made it with CU’s 70 percent shooting from the free throw line.
Ennis led Campbellsville with 15 points on five three-pointers while Harris had 14 points in his Campbellsville Tiger debut. Malik Thomas also had 14 while Bobson and Smith each scored 10. Henderson collected 12 assists and scored four of his six points at the free-throw line. Jonas Bohm contributed eight points.