David Reynolds’ Half-Court Shot Helps Stillman Beats William Carey

By Chris Megginson, Sports Information (SID2Go) Stillman

 

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – For the second-straight year, Stillman College has capped its trip to William Carey University with a buzzer-beater and overtime victory. This year, the honor belong to senior forward David Reynolds, who hit a winner from half court to give Stillman a 66-64 win over the Crusaders and snap a two-game skid.

Running the same play from last year’s buzzer-beat, which Devin Merriweather hit, Reynolds, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound forward from Pensacola, Florida, hit the shot out of a Stillman time out to answer a 3-pointer by WCU’s William Gaines with three seconds left in overtime. Playing in front of his parents, Reynolds’ made his first 3-pointer in his two-year career as a Stillman Tiger and only the fifth of his college career, last hitting one for Coastal Alabama on Jan. 17, 2019 in a road game at Chattanooga State.

“It couldn’t happen to a better player on our team. He works so hard for us, it was really good to see him win one for us. William Carey is tough to play at home,” said Stillman head coach John Teasley. “We were very fortunate tonight went our way. It felt good. We had a chance in both of the last two games to hit the last shot and didn’t make them, but tonight it worked out for us. Nobody likes losing, but our team responded well.”

Reynolds finished with a career-high 12 points off the bench behind Devin Merriweather‘s 15 points. Trey Petty finished with a double-double 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Londell King also had 11 points. Derrick Finklea crashed the boards with 14 rebounds and had seven points.

Stillman fell behind 20-11 midway through the first half but built a 9-0 run to even the score at 20 on a Virgil Fields layup with 4:55 to play. Gaines hit a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left to help William Carey take a 31-27 lead into halftime.

The Crusaders led for the first nine minutes of the second half until Reynolds’ hit a jumper to give Stillman a 42-41 lead, the Tigers’ first lead since the 11:50 mark in the first half. Reynolds scored seven points in a three-minute stretch to swing momentum in the Tigers’ favor. Stillman held its lead until 3:28 left in regulation when Maxwell Starwood’s jumper put William Carey back in front, 48-47. There were four lead changes down the stretch until Zarkeichious Martin hit a 3 for WCU with less than a minute left to tie it at 53. Reynolds and Martin each missed 3-point attempts in the final 30 seconds as the game went into overtime.

William Carey took an early lead in overtime until Finklea tied it at 58 from the free throw line and King hit a jumper to give Stillman a 60-58 lead with a little over two minutes to play. It was 63-61 Stillman with 19 seconds left when William Carey got the ball for its last possession, setting up Gaines’ go-ahead 3-pointer prior to Reynolds’ winner.

Stillman struggled at the free throw line through the night, hitting 9-of-18 attempts compared to William Carey’s 10-of-12, however rebounding kept the Tigers in the hunt with both teams shooting less than 40%. Stillman grabbed 56 rebounds and allowed only 32 by William Carey, which helped set up 24 second-chance points. WCU scored nearly half its points from beyond the arc, shooting 10-of-26 from 3-point. The Tigers made only three 3s.

Martin led the Crusaders with 16 points. Gaines and Sayveon Bumpers each scored 13 to lead William Carey’s bench, which combined for 40 points. Dajon Whitworth had 11 points as a reserve.

Stillman (11-3, 4-3 SSAC) sit in fourth position in the Southern States Athletic Conference standings before traveling to Middle Georgia (6-8, 3-3) on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. CT and Brewton-Parker College (1-17, 0-6) on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m.  Visiting fans are not allowed at Brewton-Parker games in January.

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