LEXINGTON, Va. (Dec. 30, 2015) – A jumper by junior guard Jorden Williams with three seconds left in overtime lifted the Sewanee men's basketball team to a thrilling 68-67 win over Methodist, Wednesday, at the Washington & Lee Holiday Classic inside the Warner Center.
Trailing 67-64 with 18 seconds left in the extra period, junior Brody Stone pulled the Tigers to within one point. After Sewanee quickly fouled Blake Davis with 15 seconds remaining, the Methodist guard missed the ensuing free throw. After Stone secured the defensive rebound, head coach Bubba Smith called a timeout with nine seconds to play. From there, Williams hit his game winner right before the buzzer. Methodist had one final desperation attempt that missed as time expired.
Williams finished with a career-high 34 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Additionally, the Chattanooga, Tenn., native joined the prestigious 1,000-point club on Wednesday. Williams has now scored 1,018 points and made an incredible 40.9 percent of his career shots. Williams has averaged 16.4 points per game during his two and a half seasons. Williams is the 25th member of the Sewanee 1,000-point club.
Overall, Sewanee snapped a rare three-game losing streak with the win. The Tigers, who are now 6-4 overall, have played two straight overtime games. The Tigers will open Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play at Centre this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. (EST).
Like they did on Tuesday, Sewanee got off to a fast start. A three by Williams sparked an early 23-13 run over the first 12 minutes of the contest. During that stretch, Williams, Stone, Keshonn Carter, Seth Brown, and Cody Jones all scored.
After Brandon Monk made a three to cut Methodist's deficit to seven, 23-16, Williams hit his third three on the Tigers' next possession.
Williams then made another three with 5:01 left in the first half which allowed Sewanee to close the first half on a 10-9 run.
Paced by Williams's 20 first-half points on 7-of-10 shooting, Sewanee opened the second half with a 39-28 lead.
In the final 20 minutes, it was Methodist that got rolling. The Monarchs made 52.3 percent of their shots en route to outscoring Sewanee by 11, 33-22, in the second half. Sewanee led 61-55 with 1:43 left, however Methodist scored the final five points, which included a jumper by Tabias Hilliard with four seconds left.
Along with Williams, Stone finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Monk led Methodist with 19 points in 37 minutes of action.