Basketball – Julius Foster

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma men’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament with a wild 100-99 overtime victory over Wayland Baptist University Tuesday in Chickasha.

WCJS will next play Friday, March 3 at 6 p.m. against conference regular-season champion Texas Wesleyan. The game will be at Oklahoma City University’s Abe Lemons Arena. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults.The Drovers won after officials added 0.4 seconds back on the clock after time had appeared to expire during a rebound scramble. Julius Foster missed the first of two free throws but swished the second which was the starting point of a lengthy and loud celebration between the Drovers and their fans.

WCJS worked hard to force overtime trailing 69-59 with nine minutes to play. The Drovers tightened the game following a three-pointer by Imani Edwards, a put back by Greg Smith and a series of free throws by Taran Buie. The climb was completed when Foster tied the game at 82-82 with a short jumper with 2:25 to play.

WCJS forced overtime when Brendan Chapman sank one-of-two free throws with three seconds remaining tying the game at 87.

In the extra session, WCJS got a three-pointer by Edwards and a layup by Chapman along with a series of free throws. WBU tied the game for the 17th time when Julian Pesava buried a three-pointer with :21 seconds to play to make it 99-99.

“I just told the guys it was up to them. How bad do you want it?” WCJS Coach Chris Francis said. “They fought hard the who game and never gave. We showed a lot of signs tonight of what championship teams do. Hopefully, we can carry this two more games and win the SAC Tournament.”

WCJS, which improves to 17-13 on the year, was led in scoring by Buie’s 26 points. He was followed by Edwards and Foster who each added 20 points.

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