When it counted the Bears were able to make just enough plays to finish off SPU by a score of 82-78. It was fitting that on Senior Night, the two seniors honored before the game, Brandon Joiner and Anthony Dorsey, put their team on their backs and willed the Bears to a win in their last career home game.
"I just wasn't ready for this year to end yet. It has been a tough year in some ways and I really wanted to finish this year on a positive note," Dorsey said.
Dorsey would finish the game with 29 points and 11 rebounds while Joiner would finish the game with 14 points, and 5 assists on the night. No points were bigger for the Bears than when Joiner stepped to the line with less than 5 seconds to play and made both free-throws to put the game out of reach for SPU.
When asked his thoughts on the night Joiner said, "I feel like this was a big win for the program. We have had to fight through a lot this year and it felt good to end things here at home like this. I am glad we were able to get this win for coach Mawdesley as well.
Head coach Wade Mawdesley was proud of his senior's effort. "I have said the whole year that our team goes as our seniors go. We have struggled with that at times this season and I was proud to watch these two guys rise to the occasion and lead us to a great victory for our program."
The Bears began the game playing very well and led by as much as 19 in the first half. "There is no doubt we came ready to play tonight," Mawdesley said.
When the horn sounded at the half, the Bears were up by 14 points and looked in control.
SPU was not ready to give up on the night and they came storming back to tie the score, and at one point, go ahead by two. The Bears however, were able to find a way to answer every run with one of their own.
"We really had to take this one from Southern Poly. They made us earn every play down the stretch. I am so proud of our guys tonight and we are all looking forward to the SSAC Conference Tournament next week," Mawdesley said.
With this win the Bears finished in the top five in the SSAC East Division and will compete for the first time in program history in the SSAC Conference Tournament, which will be held next week in Montgomery, Alabama.