Buzzer-Beater Sinks Spartans on Saturday

Buzzer-Beater Sinks Spartans on Saturday

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Manchester's four-game win streak came to an end in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday afternoon as visiting Transylvania edged the Spartans 74-73 in a wild finish in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena. 

Trailing by one with 31 seconds left to play, Manchester University looked to is senior guard Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind. / Fall Creek) to make a play.  Isolated near midcourt, Johnson let the clock roll down to 5 seconds before making his move.  Johnson stopped at the top of the key and buried a three-pointer with just 2.6 seconds left, giving the Spartans a 73-71 lead. 

After a full timeouts by both teams.  The Pioneers threw the ball to midcourt and called yet another timeout to setup one final heave.  TU's Devin Twenty threw a pass crosscourt that found Gabe Schmitt open for a three in front of the Transylvania bench.  Schmitt's three was good and left just 0.2 seconds remaining in the game.  Manchester's inbound pass was deflected, allowing time to expire.

Saturday's contest was even in numerous categories.  The Pioneers and Spartans both made 26 field goals (TU – 26-of-57; MU – 26-of-55) and 6 three-pointers (TU – 6-of-21; MU – 6-of-15).  Transylvania finished 16-of-22 (73 percent) from the free throw line while Manchester shot 15-of-24 (63 percent) from the charity stripe.  The biggest difference in Saturday's game came down to rebounding.  TU held a 41-30 advantage on the glass and had 17 offensive rebounds. 

Johnson, who was honored prior to tip during a Senior Day ceremony, led MU with 26 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and one block.  Johnson is just 19 points shy of moving into fourth all-time in school history in scoring.  Cornell Hampton (Griffith, Ind. / Griffith) added 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals.  Nathan Carbaugh (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Northside) added 13 points and 5 boards.

Transylvania improved to 13-8, 10-4 HCAC.  Manchester now sits at 9-11, 6-7 HCAC.  The Spartans will look to bounce back on Monday February 4 at Franklin College.  Tip against the Grizzlies is set for 7:30 p.m.