With a local restaurant offering buy one, get one free coupons if Charleston Southern made eight 3-pointers in its Big South game against High Point, forward Mathiang Muo made everyone a winner all by himself.
The 6-5 junior from Sydney, Australia, made 8 of 11 attempts from long range, scoring 26 points, to help the Buccaneers snap a three-game conference skid as CSU defeated the Panthers, 70-67, on Saturday night.
CSU (15-10, 9-6) kept alive its hopes of finishing in the top four of the Big South regular season standings.
As good as Muo was from long range, it was his two free throws with 11.2 seconds left that helped CSU avoid an embarrassing second straight home loss. The Buccaneers saw nearly all of their 13-point lead evaporate over the final five minutes as the only points scored down the stretch were Muo's free throws.
"With the way we lost two nights ago, and having to deal with so much adversity here lately, this was clearly the biggest win of the season," said CSU coach Barclay Radebaugh, referring to Thursday night's one-point loss to Liberty on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. "We talked on Friday about how life is so much bigger than basketball and we needed to keep things in perspective. I told them if they keep playing with the effort they have played with all season, good things will happen.
"It's mid-February. Everyone in college basketball is tired now. We're a mentally and physically exhausted basketball team, but winning sure helps you recover a little quicker."
Senior forward Kelvin Martin pulled down 13 rebounds to go with his 11 points, and freshman guard Arlon Harper scored 14 points for CSU, which also got 10 rebounds from freshman forward Paul Gombwer.
High Point's backcourt tandem of Nick Barbour and Shay Shine paced the Panthers with 21 and 18 points, respectively, and combined for 10 of the team's 13 made 3-pointers.
Muo put CSU up 45-43 early in the second half with his sixth 3-pointer, but Barbour answered with back-to-back bombs for a 49-45 High Point lead. Saah Nimley and Shine traded 3-pointers and Harper hit his second of the half for a 52-51 Panthers advantage.
Sexton's 3-pointer, and CSU's sixth of second half, pushed CSU ahead, 54-52, with 15:16 remaining in the game.
Muo's seventh and eighth 3-pointers gave CSU a 68-55 lead with 5:09 remaining and Muo's free throws at the end gave him the team's final eight points of the game.
"Shooters just feel it sometimes and tonight was my night," said Muo. "It's a great feeling to contribute to such a big win. We all needed this win badly."
CSU will host Gardner-Webb on Tuesday night, its final home conference game of the season.