The second-leading scorer in the Southwestern Conference, junior Martaveous McKnight with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, knocked down the game-winning three pointer with under :20 seconds to play Saturday in an overtime showdown.

The Golden Lions defeated the Southern University Jaguars in comeback fashion, 78-77.

For a majority of the game, the Jaguars held the lead, but according to UAPB head coach George Ivory, they didn't ever really play bad, they just had to knock down their shots.

"They showed a great effort in the second half," Ivory said of his Golden Lions. "We didn't play bad in the first, we just missed a lot of shots and didn't execute on some plays. But at the end, they've been working so hard that they came through in the second half and played a lot better."

Southern all-SWAC preseason big man Jared Sam, and his counterpart Sidney Umude, had a big impact on the first half. Going into the break, the Jaguars held a 40-33 advantage, and at that point the two had combined for 15 points and 13 rebounds. The major problem for UAPB was keeping Southern off of the offensive glass, and the 11 second chance opportunities allowed extra shots.

It was evident that someone in the interior had to step up for UAPB, and junior forward Trent Steen answered the call. Steen finished with 17 points and nine rebounds and three blocks. Also off of the bench, Terrance Banyard had a nice performance, finishing with 11 points and seven rebounds. In overtime, the Golden Lions were able to cut the deficit to two after a hard drive to the basket by Banyard, and Ivory recognized it.

"We thought Trent did a pretty good job down there," Ivory said. "You know Sam is a great basketball player, he's an all-conference guy. Trent did a great job of trying to check both him and Umude in there. We were very happy to see Banyard come in and help us off of the bench."

In the backcourt, the Jaguars got a spark off the bench from Eddie Resse, who went 4-7 from three-point range.

However, his threes were matched by UAPB junior Joe'Randle Tolliver, who led the Golden Lions with 20 points. Tolliver connected on 7-11 shots, while going 5-8 from three-point range. To send it into overtime, Tolliver single-handedly went on an 8-0 run to knot the score at 68-68.

Southern opened up a four-point lead in the first two minutes of the overtime period, and that's when McKnight took the wheel for UAPB. The game-winning three pointer caused an eruption by the crowd, and it allowed the Golden Lions to stay on top in the SWAC standings.

McKnight scored 17 points, dished out 11 assists, grabbed five rebounds and came up with four steals. The Golden Lions are still unbeaten in SWAC play, and Ivory knows that McKnight has played a big part in that.

"He's meant a lot to our basketball team," Ivory said. "He's a great basketball player. He can do so many things offensively, and he's just a tremendous basketball player that can do so much for our team."