LAKELAND – Dominic Lane and Kyle Tazioli helped get Florida Southern to overtime in the waning seconds of the second half, but once there, Chowan’s Antonio Reddic and Mark Buright made sure the Moccasins could never get the lead. With those two players combining for 11 of their team’s 14 points in overtime, and Reddic scoring 26 in the game, Chowan (NC) edged Florida Southern 86-81 Saturday night.
Florida Southern (6-3) led 55-47 with nine minutes remaining in regulation, but Chowan (5-5) got a jumper from Quinton McDuffie and 3-pointers from Kyree Bethel and Rickey Lamb to tie the score. A Seth Evans 3-pointer then gave Florida Southern the lead again at 58-55, but the Hawks got five straight points from Greg Alston to take their first lead since the 8:27 mark of the first half, and only their third of the night up that point.
This time, the Hawks held that lead until Kevin Capers sunk two free throws with 1:39 remaining to put the Mocs ahead, 70-69. Reddic then missed a 3-point shot for the Hawks, giving the Moccasins a chance to pad their lead, but a turnover with 52 seconds to play gave the ball back to Chowan. A basket by Buright put Chowan back in front, and Reddic then blocked a shot by Capers with 22.6 seconds to play. The Mocs ended up with the ball out of bounds after the block, but were whistled for an offensive foul before they could take another shot.
That gave the ball back to Chowan and Buright was able to make one-of-two free throws with 16.1 seconds to play, leaving the Hawks with a 72-70 lead. Lane would then tie the game with a driving layup from the left corner after first sending the ball out to Tazioli at the top of the arc, who faked a shot before passing it back to a wide open Lane.
That left Chowan with 3.7 seconds on the clock to make something happen, only it was Evans who made it happen for the Moccasins. The Hawks got the ball to Reddic near midcourt, where Evans forced him to travel near the sideline. Now with 1.6 seconds remaining, the Moccasins had a chance to win the game, but they were unable to get the ball inbounded cleanly before time expired.
In overtime Buright struck first for Chowan with two free throws almost immediately after the tip-off. Garrett Putman answered for Florida Southern, tying the score at 74, and it was the last time the game was tied. Reddic gave Chowan the lead for good with a bucket moments later, and his dunk with 1:09 to play pushed Chowan’s lead to six.
Lane cut the lead in half with a 3-pointer with 29 seconds on the clock, and the Mocs had a chance to tie the game again after Lee Branscome missed two free throws. Capers was just off the mark though, and Reddic made it a 2-possession game when he made one-of-two free throws shortly thereafter. The Mocs weren’t able to score again.
Florida Southern led by seven at halftime (34-27) and by as many as nine on four different occasions in the second half. Chowan never led by more than four until the final three minutes of overtime. Both teams also committed 21 turnovers, a season-high for the Moccasins.
Reddic led all scorers in the game with 26 points, and also had a game-high 13 rebounds and four steals. He came into the game ranked eighth in Division II with a 23.1 scoring average, and first in steals with 6.1 per game. He’s scored between 23 and 26 points in all but one of Chowan’s 10 games, though the Moccasins held him scoreless for nearly the first eight minutes of Saturday night’s game.
Buright scored 13 off the bench for Chowan, eight of them coming in the final minute of the second half or in overtime.
Capers led Florida Southern with 22 points, much of them coming at the free throw line where he was 12-for-15. Evans was the only other Moccasin in double figures with 17 points, going 3-for-7 from 3-point range. Overall though, the Mocs were just 4-for-18 from long range, and shot 66 percent from the line (27-for-41).
Putman had eight points and six rebounds for the Moccasins, and Tazioli also scored eight points. Cameron Vines chipped in with six points and nine boards.
Florida Southern, which lost at home for the first time in over a year, will close out the first semester with another home game on Monday night. The Moccasins will take on Division II newcomer Malone University (OH) at 7:30.