NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Abdul Lewis and Anthony Tarke scored 27 each on Saturday and NJIT closed the game with 14 straight points for an 81-77 win over Lipscomb.
Lewis set a career high in points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Highlanders (12-12, 5-4 Atlantic Sun). Tarke tied a career high and made 5 of 10 from 3-point range.
NJIT trailed 77-67 when Tarke hit a 3-pointer with three minutes left to spark the game-ending run. Lewis fed Shyquan Gibbs for a layup on the next trip down the court and finished his own 3-point play on the next to cut the deficit to two.
Lewis drew a charging call that fouled out Garrison Mathews, Lipscomb’s leading scorer, with 1:06 left and he kicked it out to Tarke for the go-ahead 3 that made it 78-77 with 51 seconds left.
Tarke made 1 of 2 free throws with 19 seconds left and Lipscomb hurried it up the court where Kenny Cooper missed a runner and a putback.
Zach Cooks made both free throws with seven seconds left to secure it for the Highlanders.
Mathews had 28 points to lead the Bisons (15-9, 5-4).