Canyon, Texas -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team led for all but 22 seconds in the game at 20th ranked West Texas A&M tonight, but the host Buffs tied the game late and scored on a buzzer-beater to take out the Lions, 57-55.
Southern (3-2) led from the start of the game until WTAM's (5-0) Darnell Jackson hit a pair of free-throws with the game tied and 44 seconds left to put the Buffs up 55-53. A bucket from Cameron Cornelius with 22 seconds tied the game at 55, and the Buffs had the ball with 17 seconds left and a chance to put the game away.
Mason White drove the lane and it appeared he had traveled, but a foul was called, sending him to the line for two shots. He would miss both shots, however, and the Lions' Greg Renfroe grabbed the ball with 2.3 seconds left and called a timeout.
Southern then attempted a full-court pass, but the ball sailed out of bounds and didn't touch anybody, giving West Texas the ball under its own basket with the full 2.3 seconds left. White then atoned for his earlier free-throw miss and delivered the game-winning bucket as time expired to lift the Buffs over the Lions. It is the third-straight game that West Texas has won on a shot as time expired.
The Lions led nearly the entire game and by as much as 13 in the second half after a layup from Matt Everson made the score 40-27 with 13:55 left in the game. The game was tied four times and had just one lead change, that coming on the final bucket of the game.
Jordan Talbert led the Lions with 13 points on 6-10 shooting. Cornelius scored 11, while Marquis Addison added nine. Southern shot 52 percent in the game and scored 26 points off of 24 West Texas turnovers.
The Lions will be back in action tomorrow afternoon with a 4 pm tipoff against Eastern New Mexico University.