Bristol, Tenn. - Logan Lyle’s three pointer at the buzzer was no good as UVa-Wise posted a 79-77 win over King College in non-conference action on Tuesday. The victory was the 200th for Cavalier Head Coach Lee Clark, the winningest coach in school history.
After being unable to hold an 11 point lead against West Virginia Tech on Saturday, UVa-Wise led throughout the second half and held on for the win. UVa-Wise took its biggest lead of the game when Javon Moore scored two of his game-high 30 points with 16:57 to play giving the Cavs a 51-37 advantage. From there, the Tornados went on a 12-0 run to cut the lead to two with 14 minutes remaining.
At that point, UVa-Wise responded and moved its lead back to double digits with 5:14 to play in the game. However, King College would not go away as the defending NCAA DII Conference Carolinas Champion cut the deficit to two with 90 seconds to play. Following two free throws by Moore, Darius Smith answered a Tornado basket to move the advantage back to four. King answered with two free throws by Jason Seymore to leave the lead at two with 46 seconds to play. After exhausting the shot clock, Moore scored in the paint to seemingly win the game for UVa-Wise. Despite the four point lead and just 12 seconds to play, King’s Seymore hit a long three pointer to make the score 78-71 with seven seconds remaining.
In the final seven seconds, Smith was fouled and split a pair of free throws for the Cavs. His miss was on the second free throw thus, forcing the Tornados to move quickly down the floor. Logan Lyle would be forced to attempt the last second three only to see the attempt come up no good to give UVa-Wise a 79-77 win.
In addition to his game-high 30 points, Moore grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists. In addition, Matt Day scored 16 points and collected seven rebounds while James Turners scored 11 points and secured nine rebounds. Smith finished with ten points, three assists, and two steals to round out the double-figure scoring for the Cavs.
With the win, UVa-Wise improves to 2-1 on the year. The Cavs return home to take on Bob Jones University this Friday. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. inside the David J. Prior Convocation Center.