Darrell Bullock hit a jumper with three seconds left on the clock giving No. 3 Wells College Express a slim 61-59 victory over No. 7 University of Dallas in the semi-final round of the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championship Tournament on Saturday at SUNY IT. It was the second straight day that Bullock has hit a game winning shot for the Express. Both Bullock and freshmen Greg Jones finished with 16 points, while NEAC Player of the Week Juan Paulino finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Down by seven to start the second half, the Express would battle all the way back to take a six point lead of their own with 4:46 left. Dallas would make one last stand going on 7-0 run and taking the lead by one, at 57-56, with 50 seconds remaining. Bullock would respond driving his way to the bucket to lay it in while being fouled. He would hit his free throw completing the three point play and giving Wells the 59-57 lead with 33 seconds remaining.
Dallas would come right back and tie the game 59-59 on a Noah Pruit lay-up with 23 seconds to go. After a time out by Wells. Bullock would find an open shot sinking the jumper with three-seconds remaining giving the Express the lead and the eventual win.
Dallas would have one last shot to tie the game, but would throw the ball away on the inbounds pass sealing the victory for Wells.
With the win the Express will play No. 1 SUNY IT in the NEAC Championship on Sunday at 1:00 pm. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament.