Courtesy of Chris Myers, Fort Valley State Athletics
FORT VALLEY, Ga. – The Wildcats didn’t earn any style points Monday night, but they come out on top. Fort Valley State prevailed over a pesky Toccoa Falls College men’s basketball team, 71-61.
Leading 42-39, FVSU ran off eight-straight points for the game’s biggest lead of 11, 50-39, at 11:22 left with Rob Kendrick pumping in the last two buckets. Toccoa Falls rallied right back and cut the margin to two three times with the final at 58-56 with 4:45 remaining. Khadim Sambdowned a 15-foot jumper on the next home trip and netted nine of his 15 points in the final 4:33, including a steal and dunk with 11 seconds left.
With the victory, FVSU posts its fifth win in a row for the first time since equalling the task from Jan. 28 to Feb. 11 of 2017. The Wildcats also improve to 6-4 on the year.
K.J. Doucet finished with the FVSU point lead of 16 to go with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. Samb connected on 5 of 7 tries and 5 of 6 free throws for his 15-point effort.
For the second game in a row, Joe Williams recorded a double-double with 10 points on 5 of 6 shooting and 12 rebounds, six on each end of the floor. JaMarcus Scott also hit for double figures off the bench with 10 to go with four rebounds and two assists. Kendrick finished the night with seven points.
Toccoa Falls (4-4) had four players in double figures with Tyler Glover having 12 points and six assists from his point guard position.
The Screaming Eagles downed eight treys as a team, while the Wildcats hit only one of 21 from beyond the arc. FVSU did make 17 of 34 shots in the second 20 minutes.
Training 25-23 with a minute left in the first half, Doucet netted the final two buckets with the second being a 3-point play to edge out a 28-25 intermission advantage.
FVSU has its final two contests before the Christmas break starting with a Thursday night, Dec. 15, road contest at Kentucky State. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.
Next Game: at Kentucky State University 12/15/2022 | 7:30 p.m.