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Chris Southall atoned for missed free throws down the stretch earlier in the year Saturday night by draining four in the final minute against Marion County (Tenn.) to clench a 64-60 victory during the KFC/Taco Bell Holiday Homecoming Classic.
Southall, named the player of the game afterwards, accounted for 24 of the Knights' points, 10 of which came in the crucial fourth quarter.
The Knights held a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter but watched as the Warriors chipped their way back into the game.
Cody Henegar, a 6' 9" highly recruited big man, closed the gap to one with a dunk in the paint with 1:25 to play. Alston Casseday tied the game at 60-60 with a free throw at 1:04 left to play.
The Warriors had the ball with less than 20 seconds to play and only down by two. Chuck Elder came away with a steal with under 10 seconds to play that sent Southall back to the line to seal the game. Southall drained both despite the Warriors calling a time out to freeze the senior.
The Warriors had another attempt with 4.3 seconds left but failed to draw a foul or make a three.
Saturday's game dropped the Warriors to 0-2 in tournament play. The team from Tennessee only dressed eight players as some members of the squad were left at home due to illness.
Corpeio Brocks led the way for the Warriors with 20 points, willing them back into the game. Brocks is averaging 16 points per game in tournament play.
Southall led the way for the Knights with 24 points, a personal best for him. Southall is averaging 19 points per game in tournament play.
D.J. Hall added a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. It was Hall's second double-double in as many days and his third double-double in a row.
The Knights (3-7) collected their third win of the season.
Marion (Tenn.) 11 21 10 18 - 60
Marion (Ky.) 14 15 20 15 - 64
Marion County (Tenn.) - Corpeio Brocks 20, Cody Henegar 15, Zephan Guyear 8, Alston Casseday 5, Chris Martin 4, Jeremy Hargis 4, Robert Bailey 4
Marion County (Ky.) - Southall 24, Chuck Elder 12, D.J. Hall 11, Marquise Douglas 6, Deshawn Douglas 5, Tyler Thompson 3, Josh Reed 2, Austin Spalding 1
Washington County 65, Marion County 58
A typical slow start by the Knights led to a typical result as the host team dug a hole too deep to dig out of.
A lethargic 13 point first half wouldn't be enough to help the Knights late in the game as the Commanders tried to hand the game to the home team.
Washington County entered the game winless after six tries. One of their previous losses came at the hands of the Knights, a 71-47 smack down at the Roby Dome.
The Commanders pulled off a 45-point turnaround at one point, leading the Knights by 21 late in the third quarter.
Down by 10 with 2:38 to play, the Knights rallied to within four at 59-55 with 1:16 to play. They would never get closer.
John Hamilton scorched the Knights down low with 20 points. D.J. Hall led the way for the Knights with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
The Knights shot an abysmal 30 percent from the floor and 54 percent from the line.
Washington 16 13 19 17 - 65
Marion 8 5 23 22 - 58
Washington County - John Hamilton 20, Joe Joe Simms 13, Lee Mudd 9, Matthew Hale 9, Will Purdom 8, Alex Simms 6
Marion County - D.J. Hall 18, Chris Southall 14, Chuck Elder 8, Austin Spalding 7, Deshawn Douglas 4, Josh Reed 3, Derek Cissell 2, Tyler Thompson 2