Bearcats Hold Off AC Rally, 54-48

GREENWOOD – J.T. Greene hit six three-pointers, helping the Lander Bearcats hold off Anderson College 54-48 in a non-conference game in the second round of the Bearcat Classic Saturday afternoon at Horne Arena. All of Greene’s three-pointers were crucial as he led Lander (2-1) with 18 points, the team’s only double-figure scorer. Greene hit 6-of-9 three-pointers while his teammates were only 3-of-19. Playing in his hometown, Osvaldo Haynes led the Trojans (1-2) with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Randy Javois was the game’s only other double-figure scorer with 10 points. The Bearcats needed a basket after Anderson used an 11-0 run to cut a 48-35 deficit to 48-46 with 1:28 to go. With the shot clock winding down, Richard Gilliam found Greene open in the right corner and Greene nailed the trey to make it 51-46 with 51 seconds left. Jarred Jackson added two free throws, Lander’s first points from the line all game, with 22 seconds left for a 53-46 lead. Michael Griffin added one free throw as the Bearcats finished 3-for-5 from the line. Lander led 22-21 late in the first half when Greene made three three-pointers in a row, stretching the Bearcat lead to 31-23 at halftime. Greene had nine points in the first half while Griffin added eight points, including two three-pointers. Both teams struggled to score in the second half with each tallying just 10 points in the first 11½ minutes. Haynes scored three consecutive inside baskets to pull Anderson within 35-33. But Jackson and Greene answered with back-to-back three-pointers to up the lead back to 41-33 with 9:50 left. Greene hit another three-pointer to make it 46-33 with 7:40 left, giving Lander 11 unanswered points. The Bearcats outrebounded Anderson 43-32 with Joe McEachern, Emanuel Hodrea and Derek Brooks sharing team-high honors with six boards apiece. Lander shot 33 percent from the floor (21-of-64) and 32 percent from the three-point line (9-of-28). The Trojans shot 40 percent from the floor (19-of-48), 31 percent from the line (6-of-15), and 40 percent from three-point range (4-of-13). Release Courtesy of Lander SID Box: Lander 54, Anderson 48 Season Statistics
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