Nov. 14, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Jose Olivero hit a 3-point shot with 0.3 seconds left to lift Lehigh over Coppin State 65-64 in the consolation round of the Black Coaches Invitational Monday.
Olivero, who was mobbed by his teammates after the shot, finished with a game-high 25 points - 17 of them in the last 14 minutes. He also had six assists and four rebounds.
The Mountain Hawks led 32-27 at halftime and expanded that lead to 47-38 with 10 minutes, 26 seconds to play. But Coppin State went on a 13-3 run to take a one-point lead, and for the final six minutes, the teams were never separated by more than three points.
Coppin State's Darryl Roberts had given the Eagles (0-2) a 64-62 lead with just 2.8 seconds remaining on a falling 15-foot jumper.
After a timeout, Lehigh (1-1) threw the ball in to just past halfcourt and called another time out with 2.1 seconds left. The Hawks struggled to get the ball inbounds before finally getting it to Olivero, who was well covered by Coppin State's Darryl Proctor but still managed to get the winning shot off.
Tywain McKee led Coppin State with 17 points, 15 of which came in the second half.
Lehigh plays Butler in Tuesday's fifth-place game, and the Eagles will play Alabama State for seventh place.