Orem, UT (Sports Network) - Michael Moss converted a layup and a subsequent
foul shot with two seconds remaining in order to seal the 72-70 win for the
Houston Baptist Huskies over the NJIT Highlanders in the quarterfinals of the
second annual Great West Conference Tournament at the UCCU Center.
Moss finished the day with a game-high 26 points for the seventh-seeded
Huskies (5-25) as they won just their fifth game of the entire 2010-11
campaign. Moss, who shot 10-of-14 from the floor, added eight rebounds, six
assists and three steals for the squad as well. Andrew Gonzalez accounted for
14 points, eight boards and five dishes, followed by Shawn Echols and Terry
Bembry with 11 points apiece. Bembry also cleared a game-high nine rebounds
off the bench.
The second-seeded Highlanders (15-15) were paced by Jheryl Wilson with 18
points and eight rebounds, Arjun Ohri 16 points, Lamar Kearse 13 and Isaiah
Wilkerson 12 points on just 2-of-7 shooting from the floor.
NJIT led by as many as 12 points in the first half, shooting an impressive
51.6 percent from the floor and 8-of-16 behind the three-point line, en route
to a 43-39 lead at the break.
In the second half the Highlanders saw their productivity from the floor
dwindle to just six made field goals, allowing Houston Baptist to battle back
and take the lead for good in the final seconds.
In a game that saw 12 ties and nine lead changes, the Huskies won the battle
of the boards by a 39-29 margin.
With the victory Houston Baptist advances to the semifinals on Friday night
and will tangle with the winner of the Texas-Pan American/North Dakota
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