JUCO transfer Matthew Hezekiahrecorded his third straight double-double with a team-high 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to lead South Carolina State to a , 86-66 victory over Webber International Thursday at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.
Junior guard Adama "Louie" Adams added 17 points, while freshman Patrick Myers (6-2, 175) chipped in 16 points and six rebounds in the victory. The Bulldogs improve to 2-1 on the season.
The first-half was close throughout with SC State jumping out to a four point lead, on a layup by Adama Adams (6-1, 170) at the 9:21 mark. The Warriors rallied back to take the lead, 20-24 on back-to-back three-pointers by senior guards Tyler Auerbacher and David Swan with 7:50 left in the half.
Senior guard Khalif Tombs tossed in a three-pointer, followed by a Adams basket to give the Bulldogs a one point lead, 29-28 with 5:27 left. Myers gave SC State their biggest lead of the first-half 11, 43-32 off a tip-in with 1:31 left.
South Carolina State closes out the first-half with a 43-35 lead over Webber International. Myers led all scorers at the half with 14 points, followed by Auerbacher leading the way for the Warriors with 12.
The second-half belong to the Bulldogs jumping out to a 10 point lead, 69-59 off a layup by Hezekiah at the 6:06 mark. Hezekiah's tip-in, followed by a layup by Myers gave SC State a 17 point advantage 82-65 with 0:43 seconds left in regulation.
Adams back-to-back layups with less than 0:24 seconds remaining in the games pushed SC State leads to 20, 86-66. The Bulldogs held to defeat the Warriors.
"When you play freshman they are going to make mistakes no matter what," said SC State head coach Tim Carter. "The reality of it is that we have to keep working at it and hope to get better and make fewer mistakes."
The Bulldogs out-rebounded the Warriors 40-31, followed by shooting 81.0% from the free-throw line (17-of-21). Both SC State (15) and Webber International (19) committed costly turnovers in the game.
Senior Khalif Toombs chipped in 14 points and seven assists in the victory, while the Warriors were led by senior Brian Pace with a game-high 27 points, while teammate Tyler Auerbacher finished with 12 in the loss.
South Carolina State returns to action on Sunday, November 18, when they host New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in a non-conference matchup. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.