PLYMOUTH, N.H. — A little pep talk was all senior forward Anthony Charbatji (Attleboro, MA) needed to extend his collegiate career for at least one more game.
Charbatji scored all of his game high 17 points in the second half and sophomore forward Jim Bayne (Bristol, CT) scored the game-winning basket with 15 seconds remaining as seventh seeded Western New England College upset second-seeded Plymouth State University, 70-68, in a quarterfinal round game of the 2005 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Tournament.
The Golden Bears (18-9) will now visit third-seeded Wheaton College at 7:00 p.m. Friday (Mar. 4) in Norton, Massachusetts. The Lyons defeated sixth-seeded Emerson College by the score of 91-63.
Charbatji, who was mired in a month-long shooting slump, missed all three of his shots in the first half before making 7-of-10 attempts (including three three-pointers) in the final 20 minutes. Charbatji began making all of his shots after coach Mike Theulen encouraged him to keep shooting.
Sophomore center Malik Champlain (Norwich, CT) played a key role in the victory by scoring a career high 14 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Junior guard Jon Godbout (Bristol, CT) also scored 14 points and had a game high four steals.
Bayne, meanwhile, finished with his 17th double double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Freshman guard Asif Abdul-Wadud (Springfield, MA) didn't score, but dished out five assists.
Western New England College (18-9) trailed 37-30 at half-time and by 13 a minute into the second half before going on a 12-0 run to get within 43-42 on a three-pointer by Godbout at the 17:15 mark.
The Golden Bears tied the contest at 62-62 following a basket by Charbatji with 5:44 remaining in the game.
The game was tied three more times down the stretch at 64, 66, and 68 before Bayne gave the Golden Bears their only lead of the night with his winning jumper.
The game was tied a total of seven times with 14 lead changes.
The Panthers, who lost at Western Connecticut 135-130 in double overtime in the championship game of the Little East Tournament last Saturday, missed three shots in the final nine seconds. This was their lowest scoring output of the season.
Senior guard Nick Pelotte led Plymouth State (19-10) with a game high 31 points.
This was only the second meeting ever between the schools since PSU defeated WNEC 73-64 in the third game of the 1984-85 season.