Gardner-Webb holds off Charleston Southern for conference win

Gardner-Webb holds off Charleston Southern for conference win

Tierra Huntsman (File photo by Will Bratton)
Tierra Huntsman (File photo by Will Bratton)

Gardner-Webb University overcame a poor-shooting effort and outscored Charleston Southern, 22-10, in the final quarter to pull out a 63-55 win Tuesday night in a Big South Conference game at Paul Porter Arena.

Connersville High School graduate Tierra Huntsman made 4 free throws in the final 1:05 to help secure the Runnin’ Bulldogs third straight victory. Huntsman finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds, one assist and one steal. Candace Parker led GWU (10-6, 3-2 BSC) with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists.

Alexus Hill had 12 points and 4 boards for the winners, who shot 6-for-11 in the final quarter and made 11-of-13 foul shots. Olivia Parker added 7 points and 4 caroms.

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The Runnin’ Bulldogs shot just 18-of-52 from the floor (34.6 percent), including a stretch in the third quarter that saw GWU miss 11-of-12 shots. But Coach Rick Reeves’ team made 24-of-33 free-throws to offset it’s shooting woes. Huntsman was 8-of-10 from the charity stripe, Brown made 9-of-12 freebies.

There were 15 lead changes in the game. The Buccaneers led 18-16 after one quarter, 29-28 at halftime and 45-41 entering the final 10 minutes.

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The Runnin’ Bulldogs led, 54-53, when Hill drained a 3-pointer at the 1:35 mark. Huntsman followed that with a pair of free throws with 1:05 left to push the advantage to 59-53, and made 2 more with 26 seconds left to close out the scoring.

Alecia Hardy scored a team-high 12 points for the Buccaneers with Ke’Asia Jackson and Rachel Burns scoring 11 apiece.

Next up for Gardner-Webb is a road trip to UNC Asheville Saturday to challenge the first-place Bulldogs (13-3, 6-1 BSC). Tipoff is 2 p.m.

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