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



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.