Junior forward Jon Kindred (Raleigh, N.C.) scored the last five points for Saint Augustine's University inculding the game-winning shot at the horn for a 50-49 victory over Lincoln (Pa.) University Tuesday (Feb. 28) in the nghtcap game on the first day of the the CIAA Tournament. The Falcons (14-13), seeded sixth in the Southern Division, advance to the second round Wednesday where they will face Fayetteville State at 9 p.m.
"We live to fight another day," Kindred said. Kindred caught a pass and buried a jumper at the top of the key with no time remaining. Once the ball swished through the nets, Kindred ran around the court as his teammates chased him in jubilation. Earlier, Kindred drilled a three-pointer with 39 seconds left to tie the score at 48-48. George Jackson of Lincoln hit one of two free throws to give the Lions a 49-48 lead which set the stage for Kindred's heroics.
Tyquan Stroman led the Falcons with 16 points. Denzel Mooney scored 12 points and Jackson added 10 for the Lions (11-18), the No. 5 seed in the Northern Division.
The game was nip-and-tuck throughout with 13 lead changes. The Lions led twice by five points in the second half but the Falcons rallied both times.
"It was an outstanding game," Falcons Head Coach Ken Spencer said. "We hit some big shots. We had a bunch of options and Jon was actually the last option."
"It's about winning and advancing," Spencer added.
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