Bishops lose USA South semis at the buzzer


Sports Writer

Saturday, February 24, 2018

N.C. Wesleyan’s season ended on Friday night in the semifinals of the USA Conference tournament, when Covenant College forward Caleb Haynes tipped in a frantic final basket after rebounding his own miss that gave the Scots an 81-80 buzzer-beating finish.

The Bishops, who trailed by five points in the final four minutes, mounted an 11-2 run to take back the lead, but couldn’t hold on in a back-and-forth game that finished their season at 16-10. Covenant moves on to the title game of the conference tournament in Maryville, Tenn.

NCWC was trailing the Scots by one point at 79-78 with 22 seconds left, when Adrian Moore inbounded the ball at half court to Chris Braswell. From the top of the key, Braswell drove to the basket and scored the potential game-winning points with nine seconds left, but Covenant quickly inbounded the ball, with a Scots player going the length of the court before dishing to Haynes, who initially missed the layup but got his own rebound and banked in the winner.

After a review, the refs put .3 seconds on the clock, but the with the length of the court to go, a final desperate heave-pass fell into a Covenant defenders’ hands to finish the game.

Senior Adrian Moore finished with 12 points, while the Bishops were lead by 20 from Braswell and 23 from Robert Wilson.