KSU loses to Paine in final seconds

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Maurice Campbell made the most of his second chance.

The Paine College forward missed a wide open layup with eight seconds to go in the game against Kentucky State and his team trailing by a point.

But the ball was batted out of bounds by the Thorobreds, giving Campbell a shot at redemption.

Running virtually the exact same out-of-bounds play, Nate Lewis found Campbell wide open again in the same spot under the basket. Campbell made good on the layup and the Lions held on to defeat KSU 74-73 Saturday night in the Exum Gym.

"We fell asleep right under the basket," KSU coach Thomas Patterson said of Campbell's layup, which gave Paine the win. "It was the easiest bucket of the game."

The Thorobreds had one last chance. With 3.1 seconds left, Roni Robinson threw a full-court pass to Michael Dupree, who couldn't get off a good shot before time expired.

With less than two minutes left in the game, it appeared no heroics at the end would be necessary.

The Lions held a comfortable margin, 72-63, with 1:29 to go in the game. But the Thorobreds came storming back, thanks to two three-pointers from Jason McGowan, the second of which turned into a four-point play after he was fouled.

Those seven points, a foul shot by Anthony Diggs and Paine missing the front end of the bonus, set the stage for KSU freshman Cameron Jackson.

Trailing 72-71, Jackson, who played just five minutes, canned a baseline jumper with 19.4 seconds to go in the game. That shot gave KSU its first lead in over nine minutes.

"That was a big shot for a freshman," Patterson said of Jackson's jumper.

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