Eagles end Wallace season in 98-92 win

Published 10:13 pm Friday, March 6, 2009

As quickly as Wallace’s postseason run began, it screeched to a halt in a 98-92 overtime loss to Alabama Southern in the ACCC quarterfinals on Friday.

The Eagles finished plus-12 in the turnover battle and scored 37 points off Wallace giveaways. And to make matters worse, the Wallace defense had no answer for Rory Miller, who led all scorers with 37 points.

The game featured 13 lead changes and eight ties, but the Patriots led for the majority of the contest, including all but 38 seconds of the final 5:28 of regulation. A Miller 3-pointer put Alabama Southern ahead 76-75 with 38 ticks remaining, and a pair of Brandon Nobles free throws gave the Eagles a three-point lead with 11 seconds left.

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Just as it looked the Patriots were going to let the game slip away, Reginald Carson hit a clutch 3-pointer with five seconds remaining to force the extra period.

The Patriots led by three points on three separate occasions in overtime, but the Eagles responded with an 11-1 run over the next 1:23 to take a 96-89 lead with 14 seconds left.

By the time Carson knocked down a 3-pointer to end the drought, it was too late, and Alabama Southern held on for the win.

The Patriots took a 20-14 lead at the midway point of the first half on a Michael Acoff layup, and used a 7-0 run to stretch the lead to 27-16 at the 9:55 mark. Wallace kept the Eagles at arm’s length and led 44-39 at the break.

Alabama Southern took the lead three times in the second half — Miller was responsible for two of the lead changes — but Wallace quickly answered. Miller’s late second half 3-pointer gave the Eagles their fourth lead of the half and forced the overtime.

Chris Walker — who scored 35 points to lead the Patriots to a win over MMI on Thursday — finished with 12 points.