Harper shot lifts CSU to conference win
Charleston Southern's Arlon Harper hit a foul line jumper with 2.7 seconds remaining to lift the Bucs over Gardner-Webb, 78-76, in a wild game at Paul Porter Arena on Wednesday night.
Harper took the inbound pass with 13.6 seconds left and went the length of the floor before pulling up over Gardner-Webb's Josh Castellanos to sink the game-winning shot. The shot snapped a 10-0 Gardner-Webb run in a thrilling and emotional back-and-forth affair that saw the Bucs register their first ever win in Boiling Springs. Tyler Strange caught a length of the floor pass for Gardner-Webb following a timeout, but missed a baseline jumper at the buzzer to allow the Bucs to prevail.
Saah Nimley scored 20 points to pace six players in double figures for CSU (9-9, 3-2 BSC).
Harper and Cedrick Bowen added 12 apiece, while Will Saunders went a perfect 4 of 4 from the field en route to 11 points.
Gardner-Webb (9-11, 2-3 BSC) was led by 19 points from Jerome Hill, while Naji Hibbert added 17 on 7-of-11 shooting.
CSU led 76-66 with 4:57 remaining before Gardner-Webb scored 10 straight points to tie the game on two clutch free throws by Strange. Harper gave the Bucs their first field goal since the 6:00 mark, though, burying the game-winner with Castellanos' hand in his face.
CSU returns home Saturday to host Longwood. Tipoff at the Buc Dome is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.