Men's Basketball Tames No. 27 Tritons

Men's Basketball Tames No. 27 Tritons
Justin McCoy hit the gamewinner as Barry knocked off No. 27 Eckerd on the road. Photo by Jason Roberts

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Justin McCoy authored the ultimate ending.

Barry’s junior guard buried a three-pointer with 3.3 seconds left, lifting the Buccaneers to their first road win of the season Saturday, 68-66 at Sunshine State Conference top-seed Eckerd College.

It snapped No. 27 Eckerd’s seven-game win streak, and put an end to Barry’s four-game slide. Now the Buccaneers (12-14, 6-8 SSC) host two games this week, beginning with Wednesday’s 7 p.m. tip against Rollins to close the regular season.

Emory Bennett scored on a low-post spin with 37 seconds remaining to give the Bucs a 65-63 lead. Eckerd’s Alex Bodney hit a three with 28 seconds left to give the Tritons a one-point lead. That set up McCoy’s dagger.

McCoy scored 21 points, going 8 of 14 from the floor. He connected on five of seven three-point attempts.

Derrick Bolanos and Chad Renfro hit consecutive three-point goals to give Barry a 39-34 lead a little over two minutes into the second half. Eckerd (18-6, 10-4) used a 6-0 run to take the lead. Bennett had a three-point play to put the Bucs back up, 44-43.

McCoy hit a spinning jumper from just inside the arc to give the Buccaneers a 52-50 lead with 5:22 left on the clock. Lance Kearse, who finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, hit a three for the Tritons a little over a minute later to give Eckerd a one-point lead. Damien Dwaine scored on a feed from McCoy at the 2:59 mark as Barry regained control, 58-55.

Renfro hit a three from the top of the key with 1:40 on the clock to keep Barry in front, 63-60. Kearse scored with 1:07 to play to tie the game at 63-63.

Jermaine Edwards blocked a shot on the defensive end and then scored on a putback as Barry knotted the game at 19-19 a little over the midway point in the first half. Eckerd scored the next five points before McCoy coaxed a three to drop to make it a two-point game.

McCoy was 4 of 5 from beyond the arc in the first half.

Bennett converted a three-point play with 1:36 left in the first half to put the Bucs ahead, 30-29. Barry shot 40 percent in the first half, taking a 33-31 lead into halftime.

Bennett scored 15 points and grabbed seven boards. Dwaine had eight points and six boards. Renfro scored nine points.

Barry outrebounded Eckerd, 39-37. The Bucs hit nine of 19 three-pointers for 47.4 percent.