Point Holds on for 101-98 Win over Truett McConnell; Leads Last 28:31

Point University improved its season records to 7-19 overall and 3-14 in conference with a 10198 victory over eighthplace Truett- McConnell University (15-11; 8-9 AAC) in Appalachian Athletics Conference men’s basketball action, Thursday, Feb. 1, in West Point Park Gym. The teams combined for 28 three-pointers in 60 attempts, with Point making 15-of-29.

Point gained a measure of revenge against the Bears Thursday night after losing a narrow 75-73 decision at TMU, Dec. 6. The Skyhawks ended their four-game losing streak and also stopped a threegame losing streak against Truett-McConnell. Point is 8-4 vs. the Bears since 2012.

Truett- McConnell gained a 21-13 advantage with 11:19 left in the first half, but Point erased the deficit with a 26-7 run over a span of six minutes and led 49-33 with 2:51 left in the first half. 6-8 junior center 6-8 junior center Lawrence Castor (Powder Springs, GA) accounted for eight points during the run, including four free throws in four attempts, and Point made 4 three-pointers.

The Skyhawks still led by 16, 57-41, with 42 seconds left and held a 57-44 advantage at halftime with junior forward Taboris Griggs (Decatur, GA) scoring 16 and Castor adding 13 in the first half. Reserve forwards David Campbell and Calvin White led TMU with 14 and 10 points respectively in the first half.

Point extended its lead to 73-53 with 14:41 left in the game with freshman guard Tyonn Stuckey (Columbia, S.C.) sparking a 16-9 run that included 3 more three-pointers by the Skyhawks. TMU knocked Point’s lead down to six points, 81-75, with a 22-8 streak over a seven-minute span, but Point fought off the challenge and rebuilt its lead to 14 points, 99-85, with 3:11 left.

However, TMU outscored Point, 13-2, over the next three minutes of play and trimmed Point’s formerly comfortable margin to two points, 100-98, with 14 seconds left. Junior guard B.J. Brown (Powder Springs, GA) made a clutch free throw with 12 seconds left for a 101-98 lead, and Point’s defense allowed just a 40-foot desperation shot that was rebounded at the final buzzer. The Skyhawks led the entire last 28:31 of the game.

Griggs, averaging 11.3 points and 4.3 rebounds, totaled 21 points, 16 in the first half, 5 three-pointers in eight attempts, eight rebounds, one assist, two blocked shots and three steals and made all four of his free throw attempts. Stuckey, Point’s leading scorer at 16.8 points per game, finished with 21 points, 14 in the second half, 4 three-pointers, four rebounds, seven assists and three steals, and Castor, who averages 11.4 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds, totaled 19 points, 13 in the first half, four rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals. Brown, who averages 12.0 points, added seven points, all in the second half, one threepointer, three rebounds and one steal, and junior guard Xavier Johnson