CHAMPAIGN — Quin Nottingham made his only shot of the game, a three-pointer with 54 seconds left, to put Centennial up eight, and the Chargers withstood a furious second-half rally by Danville to hold on for a 59-56 Big 12 win.
“In the second half we came out like warriors,” Vikings coach Ted Houpt said. “We changed our energy level.”
The Chargers led 36-22 at halftime and maintained their 14-point lead until 2:04 remained in the third quarter. During the next four minutes, Danville went on an 11-3 run.
“They made some big shots,” Centennial coach Tim Lavin said. “Kemony Lester made some big shots.”
Lester, who led Danville with 16 points, connected on three three-pointers during the run. Centennial’s Michael Finke responded, scoring five of his game-high 19 points to squelch Danville’s rally.
Briefly. Down three with 1.3 seconds left, Danville’s Kylen Butler missed a halfcourt heave that would have tied it Saturday night.
“We just kept fighting,” Finke said. “We really shouldn’t have let it get that close. In the end, we found a way to win.”