Howard's Carter beats buzzer, Westminster

January 06, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Contributing Writer

Monte Carter proved that Howard doesn't have to go to Javier Michaux for the final shot with the game on the line.

Carter, a junior transfer from Annapolis High who scored 14 points, including two three-pointers, made a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat visiting Westminster, 63-62, yesterday.

The shot nullified a strong rally by the Owls, who trailed 37-24 at halftime.

Westminster (2-6) outscored Howard 16-6 in the third quarter and surged past the Lions in the fourth, taking a 56-49 lead with 2:08 to play.

John Morningstar's three-pointer with 6:55 to play gave the Owls their first lead, at 47-46.

Morningstar (10 points) made another three-pointer two minutes later, putting the Owls up 52-47.

Shortly thereafter, Eric Moreau's jumper pushed the lead to 56-49.

But Michaux, who averages a team-high 23 points, turned up his game in the final two minutes to rally Howard (3-5).

Michaux, who scored 24 and had 12 rebounds, put back a rebound, cutting Westminster's lead to 56-51.

Then the Lions benefited from a technical foul against a Westminster player after a foul. Michaux made two free throws and Aaron Graf made one of two, cutting Westminster's lead to 56-54 with 1:28 to play.

A driving basket by Michaux tied the score at 56 with 1:16 left.

Russell DeMont, who scored 24 and had 10 rebounds for Westminster, put back a rebound for a 58-56 advantage. But Michaux made a 15-foot jumper to tie it, 58-58, with 42 seconds to play.

DeMont's jumper from the low post gave Westminster a 60-58 lead with 27 seconds left, but Michaux made two free throws with 21 seconds to play to tie the game.

Charles VanHorn again gave Westminster the lead, 62-60, by making a 15-foot jumper with 9.6 seconds left.

Howard let three seconds run off the clock before a timeout.

With 6.6 seconds left, Howard's Corey Curtis dribbled downcourt and into the lane, drawing extra coverage from Westminster.

Curtis passed to an open Carter, whose set shot touched nothing but the inside of the net.

"I didn't know I was getting it," Carter said. "I just happened to be open. But I said during the timeout that I would probably sink a three."

Westminster coach Dave Byers said: "We wanted to give them nothing long in that situation and tried to deny No. 30 [Michaux] the ball.

"No. 42 [Curtis] broke us down with his dribble and we had to double on his penetration leaving a man open. It was not a defensive breakdown. We want to make the other team have to hit the three to beat us."

The victory gave a big lift to Howard, which opens its Howard County League schedule Friday against Mount Hebron (8-0).

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