Dustdevils fall to University of Central Oklahoma in NCAA II tournament
From the Oklahoman
Eighth-seeded Texas A&M-International, just in its third season of NCAA Division II competition, led 65-62 with 12 seconds left in regulation. But top-seeded UCO forced overtime when Jarrod McDaniel drove to the basket, scored and was fouled by the Dustdevils' floor leader, Ryan McLucas. McDaniel completed the three-point play, tying it 65-65 with 4.8 seconds left.
International, located in Laredo, failed to get a last shot off and gave Central Oklahoma new life in front of an estimated 2,000 fans. “I wouldn't think it was over if we had a nine-point lead with 12 seconds left,” Texas A&M-International coach Shane Ritter said. “We were just not trying to foul at that point, but we did. They made the plays down the stretch, and we didn't. “But we did have them on the ropes.”
Texas A&M-International finished 21-10, the first winning season since joining Division II. The Heartland Conference champion had 13 points apiece from McLucas and Evan Matteson.