GAINESVILLE, FL – Leading 72-63 with just over five minutes left in the game, ASA Miami saw its late lead dwindle and completely evaporate as Gulf Coast State College closed the game on a 14-3 run to steal a 77-75 win from the Silver Storm Sunday morning at the Florida Colleges JUCO Shootout at Santa Fe College.
Even though the Silver Storm (3-11) lost their lead, they still had a chance to either tie or win the game in the final seconds.
Following an empty Gulf Coast possession, ASA got the ball back with less than 30 seconds left in the game. Head coach Jean Dubuisson called a timeout to set up a play – a play that got freshman guard Gabe Casey an open look at a three-pointer. Casey turned down the three-pointer as multiple defenders came charging at him, electing to drive to the basket, but saw his contested layup bounce off the rim.
The ensuing rebound went out of bounds off the Silver Storm. As Gulf Coast tried to inbound the ball, ASA's Sebastian Jean got his hands on the pass and threw up a desperation floater that didn't find its mark as time expired – cementing the Silver Storm's tough defeat.
Sunday's loss stung a bit more than Saturday's lopsided defeat, not just because of the slim margin or the lost lead, but because ASA Miami arguably played one of its best games of the season despite being even more shorthanded than it has been this year.
The Silver Storm played Sunday without 6-foot-8 freshman Levard Missick Jr., who injured his calf during Saturday's game, and without 6-foot-3 wing Marquise Jones – who has been hampered by an ankle injury. Still, ASA Miami out-rebounded Gulf Coast 39-25 – led by Jean's game-high 14 rebounds and Bernard Malual's season-high eight boards.
Jean's 14 rebounds Sunday was the second-highest single-game rebound total by an ASA Miami player in program history. He also added eight points and five assists.
Redshirt sophomore Matt Maturah led the Silver Storm in scoring with 20 points, knocking down 6-of-9 three-pointers – tied for the third highest single-game total in program history. ASA had four total players in double figures; including Jonathan Vilchez with 18 points, Casey with 14, and Marsel Smith with 11.
Gulf Coast was led by Jacolbey Owens' 26 points, while Kevon Godwin added 16 points and Reggie Rivera added 13.
Up Next: ASA Miami returns home from its final overnight road trip of the season and will play two home games – December 13 and December 15 – before going on winter holiday break.