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Men's Basketball Upsets #17 Bethel in Double Overtime to Reach SSAC Tournament Finals

MONTGOMERY, AL - Men's basketball punched their ticket to the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Championship Finals for the second time in four years with a 94-93 double overtime victory against the #17 Bethel University Wildcats.  The Knights trailed by 9 at the half and as many as 18 with 10:25 remaining, but chipped away at the Wildcats' lead and tied the game with 2 seconds remaining in regulation.  Michael Graham finally came in with a bucket with 2.9 seconds left in the second overtime to propel the Knights to the finals and a 5-0 overtime record this season.  Darrell White led the Knights with a career-high and game-high 31 points.  Antony Edwards added 20 points for the Knights along with 8 rebounds.  Tyrone Young had 14 points and 9 rebounds while Marques Hinton had 11 points.  Edwards led the Knights with 4 assists.

The Knights face the Wolfpack for the third time this season having split the prior to meetings.  The Knights won the first matchup on December 16, 91-86 in overtime in New Orleans, LA.  The Wolfpack defeated the Knights in Cochran 88-77 on February 9.  The Wolfpack are the 4 seed and defeated 1-seed Stillman on Friday to earn their spot in the finals while the Knights upset 2-see William Carey on Thursday and 3-seed Bethel Friday.  Loyola comes into the matchup with an overall record of 20-11 and the Knights are at 19-11.  The winner receives the automatic bid from the SSAC to the NAIA National Tournament.