by Hawks Sports Information Department
Murfreesboro, NC – Demetrius Sanders tallied a career-high on a put-back at the buzzer to snap Johnson C. Smith's nine-game winning streak as the Hawks upset the Golden Bulls 82-81 in CIAA Cross-Division action on Monday evening.
FINAL | Chowan 82, Johnson C. Smith 81
RECORDS | Chowan 9-13 (4-9), Johnson C. Smith 17-8 (10-3)
LOCATION | Murfreesboro, NC (Helms Center)
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
Demetrius Sanders tallied a career-high 29 points and nine rebounds in the win including the game-winning put-back. Sanders posted three blocks and three steals.
Chowan shot 54.5% from behind the arc including a hot 77.8% (7-9) in the first half.
HOW IT HAPPENED
JCSU used a 6-0 run to take their only lead of the half 9-8 at the 14:08 mark. Tim Hewett knocked down a three to give the Hawks the lead back. Dino Muminovic and Trevis Buckhanon pushed the advantage to five, 16-11 before a 7-3 run by the Golden Bulls trimmed the lead to one, 19-18.
An old-fashioned three-point play by Tim Hewett ended the rally. Hewett and Sanders teamed up to push the advantage back to five, 31-26, with 3:59 to play in the opening half.
Gus Rowland traded triples with the Golden Bulls to maintain the score as the Hawks headed into the locker room with a 40-35 lead.
Chowan opened the second half on a 9-2 run to lead by double-figures, 49-37. The Golden Bulls scored to open the half before Demetrius Sanders hit a jumper. Tim Hewett scored on back-to-back possession along with a Robert Grubbs triple to cap off the run.
JCSU closed the gap t0 four, 60-56, with 12:02 remaining in the contest before Demetrius Sanders connected twice from the wing to push the lead back to double-digits, 66-56.
The Hawks held on to their advantage for most of the half until a three-point play sparked a rally by the Golden Bulls with 4:39 remaining. JCSU used a 15-2 run to take their first lead since 9-8, at 81-80 with a minute left in regulation.
CU was called for a travel on the ensuing possession. The defense for the Hawks stepped up as Demetrius Sanders blocked the potential dagger with 25 seconds left. Tim Hewett corralled the errant three pointer by the Golden Bulls.
Chowan takes a step out of CIAA play to face Salem in the second meeting of the season on Wednesday, February 14. The Hawks fell to the Tigers 88-80 in overtime in the first outing. Tip-off is slated for 7:30pm.