DANVILLE, Ill. - March 17 - God's Gift Achiuwa (Port Harcourt, River States, Nigeria) scored on an offensive rebound with 9.5 seconds left as the Erie Community College men's basketball team recorded a 76-75 win over Louisburg (N.C.) College Thursday night in the NJCAA Division II Tournament at Danville Area Community College. ECC improves to 28-2 while Louisburg, the tournament's second seed, falls to 32-2.
The Kats will now play at 9 p.m. (Eastern) Friday in the semifinals against Lincoln (Ill.) College. Lincoln, the defending national champion, is 26-7 after an 86-70 win Thursday over Cecil (Md.) Community College. The game can be seen via video streaming at www.ihigh.com/jcbca/.
Sophomore forward Tyshawn Edwards led the Kats with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Edwards scored 17 of his points in the second half. Achiuwa finished with his 22nd double-double this season as he picked up 14 points and 11 rebounds despite being limited in the second half due to foul trouble.
The Kats trailed 75-68 with 2:31 to play. Freshman guard Brandon Emmitt (Akron, Ohio/Garfield) hit a three-point field goal at 2:15 to bring ECC within four, 75-71. After a Louisburg turnover, Achiuwa scored with 1:54 remaining. After trading possessions, Achiuwa was fouled with 33.2 seconds remaining. He made one of two foul shots to bring ECC within one, 75-74.
Louisburg missed one shot on its ensuing possession to give the Kats a chance to win. After two missed shots, Achiuwa grabbed a rebound and scored to give ECC the 76-75 lead. Louisburg missed a shot before the clock expired.
ECC's 28 wins are the most under head coach Alex Nwora. ECC has won 27 games three other times during his time guiding the program.
The 28 wins are the third-most in ECC history and the most since 33 wins in the 1984-85 season.