Fong hits 1,000, last-second missed free throw gives Oles one-point win over Macalester
December 5, 2011
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- With 0.2 seconds to play, Macalester forward Sam Marshall missed the second of two free throws as the St. Olaf men's basketball team edged the Scots 69-68 on Monday night at the Skoglund Center.
Alfred Jaryan's layup with 48 seconds to play gave the Oles a 69-67 lead. On the following possession, Hans Erickson missed a jumper and fouled Jaryan. With the chance to extend St. Olaf's lead to four points with 21 seconds to play, Jaryan missed the front end of a one-and-one.
Following back-to-back timeouts with five seconds on the clock, Scots guard/forward Lamont Diggs missed a jumper but a foul with 0.2 seconds left was called on the Oles. The referees convened to decide if the foul happened after the horn and Marshall was awarded two free throws. After knocking down the first, his second attempt rimmed out as the Oles escaped with the win.
The Scots certainly did not play like a team that has yet to earn a win this winter. Macalester guard Justin Wasik's three-pointer with 0:03 remaining in the first half gave the Scots a 35-32 lead at the intermission. The visitors led for most of the first half by as many as six.
St. Olaf tied the score at 36-36 in the opening minute and change of the second half but the Scots responded by scoring the next eight points of the game. The spurt was capped by a three-point play by Diggs. The Oles then went on an 11-2 run of their own over the next five minutes to get back in the game. The Scots led most of the way down the stretch but a couple clutch buckets from Jaryan helped the Oles earn the one-point win.
The last-second drama overshadowed a the career milestone night for Fong. After being held in check early, Fong drilled a three with 2:37 to play in the first half for his 1,000th point. At the nearest break in play, Fong received a round of applause from the fans and players from both teams for his achievement. He finished with 18 points on 8-for-17 shooting.
Stu Neville led the Oles with 22 points and 8 rebounds. The senior dominated down low, making 11-of-13 shots from the field. Connor Gunderson pitched in with 11 while Jaryan had seven points and six assists off the bench.
The Scots had four players in double figures. Pierce Peters led Macalester with 20 points on 7-13 from the field. Peters also added six rebounds. Sam Marshall had 17 points and eight boards but made just 3-of-7 free throws. Wasik and Diggs added 13 and 10 respectively.
Both teams shot the ball well from the field. St. Olaf shot 31-61 (50.8%) for the game, while Macalester was 25-53 (47.2%). The Oles struggled from behind the arc, making only 2 of 18 threes. Macalester outscored St. Olaf 13 to 5 from the free throw line and outrebounded the Oles 36-31 but it was not quite enough.
St. Olaf improves to 3-4, 2-1 MIAC with their second win in a row following a four-game losing streak. Macalester falls to 0-6, 0-3 in conference play. The Oles travel to St. Paul on Wednesday for a conference game against Hamline.