BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- Arlon Harper hadn't scored in 12 minutes in the balanced Charleston Southern attack, but nailed a 16-foot jumper with 2.7 seconds left, breaking a tie and lifting the Buccaneers to a 78-76 victory over Gardner-Webb on Wednesday night.
The close-fought win was Charleston Southern's first ever at Gardner-Webb's Paul Porter Arena.
Each team shot 48.3 percent from the field, but the Buccaneers (9-9, 3-2 Big South) made 29 field goals to 28 for the Runnin' Bulldogs (9-11, 2-3).
Tyler Strange (nine points) had forced a 76-76 tie on a pair of free throws with 13 seconds to play, but missed a buzzer-beater after Harper's jumper.
Gardner-Webb went just 4-for-15 on 3-pointers while the Buccaneers hit 8.
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