IHCC beats Northwest Florida 89-88
Marcus Posley took advantage of a second chance and Indian Hills, as a result, got its second impressive win in its weekend trip to Florida.
Posley buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to give IHCC an 89-88 victory over Northwest Florida State on Saturday night, after the Warriors had started their trip with a comeback win against Chipola College the day before.
After Stephen Hurt had given NFS an 88-86 lead with a free throw with 15 seconds to play, the Warriors got the ball to Posley at the of the key where his three-point try was off the mark.
But the ball was tipped to the right side of basket, beyond the arc, and Posley didn't hesitate -- he didn't have time to -- as he scooped up the loose ball and fired in his game-winning shot.
As a result, the Warriors boosted their record to 10-0, got their third straight road win against a top-ten rated team in five days.
Indian Hills had started their week with a victory at Iowa Lakes on Tuesday.
A key play in a game with Northwest Florida State that was filled with big plays on both sides came when NFS was called for a free-throw lane violation on Hurt's second free-throw attempt.
He made the shot, but it was waved off for the violation that left the lead at two points, 88-86. That made Posley's three the game-decider rather than a tying field goal.
Indian Hills never led in overtime until Posley's three splashed through at the final horn.
And IHCC didn't have many leads in a game in which they were fighting uphill most of the 45 minutes.
They used a 9-0 burst in the first half to go ahead 32-29. But the Raiders immediately followed with an 8-0 run to regain the lead. Lester Medford's floater brought IHCC to within 37-34 at the half.
Medford scored five straight points after NFS took its biggest lead of game at 54-45 six minutes into the second half.
Minutes later the Warriors scored seven straight points to tie the score at 57-all.
Tevin Glass snapped the deadlock for the Raiders and Indian Hills didn't tie the game again until Malik Dime's three-point play with 4:38 to play knotted the score at 72.
A pair of free throws by Quevyn Winters put IHCC ahead by two a little over a minute later.
The only points the remaining three-plus minutes came on a high-arching shot by Benji Bell that tied the game at 74-74 with 1:24 to play.
Each team had multiple chances to break the tie after that, but missed shots and turnovers by both sides send the game to overtime.
Hurt, who led all scorers with 29 points, had half of NFS's 14 OT points.
Dime, Winters and Posley each scored five points in the extra session for the Warriors to account for their 14 points.
Indian Hills was led by Winters with 17 points, one of six Warriors with 10 or more.
The Warriors return home for two games in the PCS Classic next weekend.