HOUSTON -- Tyler Russell, who had 16 points, hit a jump shot with two seconds remaining to give Houston Baptist a 98-97 victory over Northwestern State Saturday night.
Houston Baptist (4-12, 1/3 Southland) led throughout most of the game, holding a 96-89 advantage with 2:30 remaining in the game. Northwestern State (5-10, 1-3) reeled off 8 consecutive points, and led for the first time in the final period 97-96 when DeQuan Hicks, who had 20 points, made a layup with 16 seconds remaining.
Russell missed a jumper with six seconds left but Marcel Smith corralled an offensive rebound, allowing Russell to hit the winning shot.
Houston Baptist was 7 of 11 from beyond the arc, making 53.8 percent of their field goals.
Jalan West had 31 points for Northwestern State.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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