TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Entering Wednesday night's match-up with Thomas University, the Florida A&M men's basketball team had exactly half the amount of wins they had last season. They were 1-1.
Wednesday's game with the Night Hawks didn't officially count, as it was an exhibition game, but a win is a win. Both halves were a battle for both teams, with Thomas keeping things close, and finally tying it at 68 with less than thirty seconds to play.
Junior Malcolm Bernard brought the ball up the floor for FAMU, and drive hard to the bucket, making it to pull ahead. He was fouled, but missed the opportunity for the three point play.
The Night Hawks executed a near perfect inbounds play, and shot a three pointer that bounced off the rim, and the loss head coach Brent Crews admits, will sting for a little bit.
"They ran it to perfection," he said of the final play. "We've ran that play, we've won a game on that play this year, so I mean, like I say on the game winners, it's a 50-50. Either going to make them or you're not, and we didn't tonight."
"A two point win beats the heck out of a one point loss," said Florida A&M head coach Byron Samuels. "That shot was very close. It was an excellent play. We have a similar play that we call home run, and they almost hit one."
Bernard was the home run for the Rattlers Wednesday night, contributing 29 points and seven rebounds in the win. FAMU returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Houston.