Originally created 01/17/97

Late shot shocker to Lions



Willie Hubbard broke Paine's heart on Alumni Night.

The senior guard scored on an offensive rebound with two seconds remaining as Albany State held off a valiant effort by Paine 57-55 in a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference battle.

Paine (5-6, 1-3 in SIAC) trailed most of the game and most of the second half, but tied the contest at 55 with 10 seconds remaining on a shot by Marlon Potts.

Albany State (11-3, 7-1 in SIAC) came back down and had a wing shot by Ervin Josey that was no good, but Hubbard was there for the offensive rebound and the game winner.

"I was just hoping the shot went in," Hubbard said. "I was surprised when I got the rebound."

After a timeout, Paine had a chance to tie but Leroy Grant and Robert Washington ran into each other and the ball bounced away. Grant was on his back for several minutes before walking off on his own power.

Paine coach Ron Spry was proud of his team's effort. Albany State came in averaging a league-leading 91 points per game but were held to 27 points in the first half and 57 for the game. Albany State's Josey called the point-total the team's "all-time low."

"I expected it would be a tough one," Spry said. "Overall, we put forth a great effort. We just came up a little short."

Albany State, particularly Josey, constantly beat Paine players back in transition in the second half and scored several baskets on offensive rebounds or easy layups.

"Really, what hurt us was transition defense," Spry said. `We didn't react to get back on defense."

Josey said Paine was sending everybody to the offensive glass which was allowing him to break loose.

"Usually, Hubbard does it - breaks out," Josey said. "But I was the closest one tonight so I did. Our big men did a good job of throwing me the ball."

Albany State's biggest lead in the second half was seven points. But Paine hung tough behind Grant's 11 points and nine points apiece from Washington, Tim Alexander and William Thomas.

"We let them keep getting easy baskets in transition and we missed our free throws," Lion guard Maurice Wright said. "Those are the two things that killed us."

ALBANY STATE (57) - Marlon Tisdale 0-2 0-0 0, M. Tripp 1-1 0-0 3, Derrick Abner 2-5 0-0 4, Willie Hubbard 5-11 0-0 12, Jamaine Turner 1-4 2-4 4, Ervin Josey 7-20 1-2 16, Cherard Boyd 2-5 1-4 5, Dave Terrell 0-1 0-0 0, Sam Lopez 3-5 1-2 7, Willie Hunt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-59 5-13 57.

PAINE (55) - Benjamin Kohn 0-2 0-1 0, William Thomas 3-11 0-0 9, Ronald Slaughter 1-5 0-0 3, Robert Washington 3-9 2-2 9, Michael Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Maurice Wright 1-4 1-4 3, Shadrach Qawiy 1-2 1-2 3, Tim Alexander 3-4 3-4 9, Drevyeel Cunningham 1-4 0-0 2, Marlon Potts 1-3 2-2 4, Leroy Grant 5-12 1-3 11, Marlon Potts 1-3 2-2 4, Ronald Slaughter 1-5 0-0 3, William Thomas 3-11 0-0 9. Totals 20-59 10-18 55.

Halftime - Albany State 27-25.

3-point goals - Albany State 4-17 (Tripp 1-1, Hubbard 2-5, Turner 0-1, Josey 1-10), Paine 5-19 (Kohn 0-2, Washington 1-1, Williams 0-1, Cunningham 0-1, Slaughter 1-4, Thomas 3-10). Rebounds - Albany State 44 (Lopez 10), Paine 35 (Alexander 9). Assists - Albany State 16 (Josey 4), Paine 16 (Washington 7). Turnovers - Albany State 17, Paine 15. Total Fouls - Albany State 16, Paine 12.