WEST LIBERTY —
Sissy Wagner made a layup, drew a foul and made the free throw with 11 seconds left to lift Concord University past West Liberty, 79-78, Saturday afternoon in a game that featured four ties and nine lead changes.
Concord (4-4, 2-3 Mountain East Conference) made 50 percent of its floor shots and claimed its second win in a row after trailing the entire first half.
The Mountain Lions, down 40-37 at the break, went on a 16-6 spurt to open the second half. West Liberty (5-6, 2-3) rallied to tie the game at 64-64 and neither team led by more than by three points after that.
Wagner finished the game with 20 points to go with five assists and two steals. Andrea Bertrand scored a game-high 21 points on 7-for-15 shooting from the field, with 15 points in the second half. Sammi Webster had 11 points and a team-high six rebounds.
Rachel Artrip scored 12 points and Melea Smith chipped in 10 points off the bench. Smith made 2-of-3 shots from three-point range.
Jenn Mohney paced West Liberty with 18 points, nine rebounds and three assists. The Hilltoppers held a 43 to 32 rebounding edge and shot 39.4 percent from the field. Concord forced 13 turnovers while giving the ball up a season-low 11 times.
West Liberty 97, Concord 92
Concord opened up a 41-24 first-half lead on the top-ranked men’s team in NCAA Division II before the Hilltoppers regrouped with a 32-10 run to lead 56-51 at halftime.
With 20 seconds left, West Liberty (9-0, 5-0 MEC) got two foul shots from Shawn Dyer to pull out of a one-possession game and hand Concord its third straight loss.
Concord (5-6, 2-3) shot 50 percent from both the field overall (35-for-70) and from three-point range (11-for-22), but made just 11-of-21 free throw attempts. The Mountain Lions won the rebounding battle 50-32.
A.J. Williams led CU with 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Terry Hopewell secured his first double-double for Concord with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, plus two blocks.
West Liberty got 26 points, nine rebounds and two assists from Seger Bonifant.
Concord’s B.J. Hamlet and Mike Boyd contributed 18 points each.
Hamlet was nearly automatic from three-point range early on and finished the contest with six made three-pointers. Boyd was 6-for-9 from both the field and the foul line while also passing out four assists.
Off the bench, the freshmen duo of Jalen Camper and Nathan Moats added eight and six points, respectively, with Moats pulling in six rebounds and Camper grabbing five of his own.
Concord's 92 points were the most by a CU team since last season's 92-81 win at West Virginia Tech on Dec. 15, 2012.
The Mountain Lions will look to snap its three-game losing streak 6 p.m. Monday at Wheeling Jesuit.