Controversial Buzzer-Beater Gives HU 81-79 Win Over Colorado Mesa...

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Make no mistake about last Saturday night's game hosted by the Highlands University Cowboys against their nemesis, Colorado Mesa at the  John A. Wilson complex.

The RMAC  game was a buzzer-beater, replete with a technical foul earlier in the game against HU Cowboys coach Joe Harge, and near-fisticuffs by an assistant basketball coach from Colorado Mesa who had to be escorted off the gym floor by HU campus police over the last-second shot.

With 0.0 ticks left in the game, senior guard Billy Austin, a Eastern New Mexico University transfer, hit a 15' jump shot that hit nothing but net, electrifying the partison crowd with a roar not heard in a long, long time.

However, four 'Poke players hit double figures. They were Billy Austin who canned 22 points; Marcus Williams, 17; Momcilo Latinovic, 14; and  Mike Moody, 12.

Colorado Mesa was led by Michael  Bear, 23 points; Mike Mellilo,15; and Chandler Burgon,10.

While the Cowboys could  only manage 60% (15-25) from the charity stripe, the Mavericks kept the game close  with 79% (31-40). HU forced 26 turnovers, resulting in 32 points. The  'Pokes defense was outstanding with many steals, blocked  shots and old-fashioned hustle.