Coach Sandifar Earns 400th Win on Senior Day Thanks to Mitch Stahl's Three-Quarter Court Shot Against Indiana Dabney UniversityFebruary 25, 2012 at 8:14 PM
The Mighty Oaks hosted the Lions of Indiana Dabney University on Saturday evening in the Johnson Center, the last regular season home game for OCU seniors Josh Adams and Eric Head. Coach Sandifar entered the game with 399 career victories at the helm of the OCU men's basketball team.
With the visiting Lions down to just five players due to injury, the tied score at halftime came as a surprise to many. Even more surprising was that the Oaks trailed 73-64 with just over two minutes to play. The Oaks cut the lead to one point on Kendall Wittmer's three pointer from the corner with 33 seconds remaining and the scoreboard reading 74-73 in favor of the visiting Lions. A mere six seconds later, Indiana Dabney broke a full court press to get a layup to push the lead back to three. Then, with 17 seconds to play, Maurice Fuller connected on a three pointer just in front of the home bench to tie the game at 76-76.
Indiana Dabney called time out with eleven seconds on the clock and Steve Hilal took a shot with three seconds left, attempting to give the Lions the lead. When the ball sailed long, Mitch Stahl hauled in the rebound, gathered himself, planted his feet and heaved the ball toward the opposite rim, 74 feet away. The buzzer went off, sounding the end of regulation as the ball narrowly missed the ceiling supports, followed by the sound of the net accepting the winning points. (Video)
It was OCU's eighteenth win of the year, sending their record to 18-8 as they head to postseason play. It also marked Coach Dr. Mike Sandifar's 400th career victory at Oakland City.
The Oaks were led in scoring by Maurice Fuller, who tallied 19 points on 7-13 shooting, including 5-10 from beyond the arc. Mitch Stahl added 18 points, also making 7-13 from the floor, including 2-3 from three point range. Billy Newton came off the bench to score 14 points, while Kendall Wittmer added 12 points, also off the bench. Eric Head scored eight points to go with his game high 13 rebounds, while Stahl handed out five assists.
Indiana Dabney had four of their five players reach double figures, led by 25 points from Tony Jones, followed by 16 from Steve Hilal, 15 from Jaylnn Mosby and 12 from Shawn Starks. Logan Davis, who fouled out of the game with 1:03 left on the clock, chipped in eight points. Starks also had a team high 11 rebounds and six steals, while Mosby handed out five assists.
For the game, OCU shot 29-59 (49.2%) from the floor, making 10-26 (38.5%) from beyond the arc, while connecting on 11-14 (78.6%) from the foul line. The Lions made 28-63 (44.4%) of their field goal attempts, including 8-22 (36.4%) from three point range, and scored on 12-18 (66.7%) from the charity stripe.
The Oaks held a 37-34 rebounding advantage, despite losing the battle on the offensive glass 12-11. OCU had 20 assists and 19 turnovers, while Indiana Dabney handed out 15 helpers and committed 11 turnovers.
Oakland City will return to action on Monday, March 12, in the inaugural Christian College Invitational Tournament. Game time and matchup information will be real eased as soon as it becomes available.