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Last-second shot lifts Schreiner men to 72-71 victory against Austin College

Jalen Ned makes a baseline layup for the Mountaineers for crucial victory.

Calling it a championship-type game, Schreiner University senior guard Alex Dehoyos said he knew that putting the ball into the hands of first-year guard Jalen Ned was the right thing to do. The result? Ned scored on a layup with 1.4 seconds remaining to help the Mountaineers to a thrilling 72-71 comeback win against visiting Austin College on Saturday night.

It was one of those games that Schreiner could have easily lost but found a way to get it done when the Mountaineers needed it most. A loss would have doomed any hope at a regular-season Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title, but the Mountaineers remain firmly in the conversation.

They remain in the hunt thanks not only to the play of Ned and Dehoyos but especially the fearless play of reserves Dylan Mackey and Bronson Evans, who combined to score 39 points. Mackey played a brilliant game in the second half with 13 points, including two consecutive layups that cut Austin’s lead to 71-70 with one-minute remaining in the game.


Mackey finished with 17 points, while Evans scored 22 points. Both were season-high individual performances.

Bronson Evans scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Mountaineers on Saturday night.

Dylan Mackey was relentless in his driving attacks on the basket Saturday night against Austin College. Mackey scored a season-high 17 points and made two critical layups to put the Mountaineers back into the game.

The effort by Mackey and Evans helped erase Austin’s 42-33 lead. Both Evans and Mackey relentlessly attacked the basket in the lane. The two combined for nine layups in the second half and were 7-of-12 from the free-throw line. Evans was 5-of-5 shooting and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

It was a rough game between the two teams. In this play, Schreiner's Jalen Ned was called for a push-off, but the referees let the rough play go unchecked at times.

With less than one minute in the game, Schreiner’s defense held the Roos to a pair of missed 3-pointers. Initially, it appeared the Roos had a rebound off the miss, but the officials determined it was a shot-clock violation, giving the ball back to the Mountaineers.

After a Schreiner timeout, Dehoyos handled the inbound pass to Ned, who faked it back to Dehoyos before driving on the baseline — catching Austin defenders out of position — for the layup and the lead with 1.4 seconds left.

More importantly, Schreiner is 10-3 in SCAC play and 12-10 overall. Dehoyos scored 14 points.

Alex Dehoyos scored 14 points and got the game-winning assist for the Mountaineers.


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