With his team down two in the final seconds of regulation, Augusta State coach Dip Metress drew up a play called “Flea.” Then, he looked at Harold Doby, telling his sophomore forward to follow the play.
Doby hustled down for a tip-in with 0.8 seconds remaining. Then, the Jaguars held off Mount Olive in overtime, 73-70, on Saturday afternoon.
Augusta State won its 200th game overall at Christenberry Fieldhouse. The Jaguars (5-5), after losing four games by five or fewer points, notched their first close victory of the season.
Metress credited his team playing seven road games this season for the victory.
“Playing in those places helps you get a win against a good team,” he said. “We did some things poorly, but at least we competed.”
Augusta State blew a 13-point, second-half lead and almost dropped the contest. Dory Hines converted a three-point play to give Mount Olive a late 68-67 lead. Jordan McCain extended the lead to two with one free throw with 6.8 seconds left.
The Jaguars then called a play named for their former point guard, Daniel Dixon.
O’Neal Armstrong tossed the inbound pass to Doby at midcourt. Doby handed the ball back to the Augusta State guard, who raced to the rack and threw the ball off the glass. When his layup missed, Doby, who posted 22 points and 12 rebounds, swooped in and tipped the ball through the net to send the contest in overtime.
“The whole time, I had it in my mind never to give up,” Doby said. “I was looking for it to miss, just in case.”
“Doby saved us,” said Augusta State guard Tye Beal, who added 16 points. “It was unbelievable.”
The Jaguars shot just 34 percent from the field, including a 1 for 5 effort in overtime. That one bucket was a big one.
With the game all square, redshirt freshman Devon Wright-Nelson swished a 3-pointer from the left corner, his lone field goal of the game.
“I feel like (New England Patriots coach) Bill Belichick over there calling more plays than I ever have,” Metress said. “When you’re young and inexperienced, you’ve got to tell them what to do. As our freshman develop, we’re going to get better.”
Down three, Mount Olive (7-3) missed four 3-point attempts in the final 11 seconds of overtime. The Trojans, who shot 36 percent for the game, went 0 for 8 from the field in the extra period. Craig Hayes led Mount Olive with 18 points.