UNIVERSITY PARK, IL – Senior Torrey Oliver delivered a going away present to his teammates before hanging up the Jaguar uniform for good.
His 11-foot jumper with two seconds left in regulation lifted Governors State to an 87-86 win over Purdue Northwest Saturday on Senior Day at the Athletics and Recreation Center.
Oliver, who finished as the team's leading scorer by averaging 20.5 points per game, took an inbounds pass from Jalen McGruder and went the length of the court to sink the game-winning shot. It came on the heels of Chandler Spring's three-pointer with eight seconds left which gave the visitors a one-point edge.
Jalen Miller led GSU with 23 points and delivered a layup with 2:04 remaining to became the first Jaguar to record 1,000 points in a career. McGruder logged 17 points and Dalvin Echols added 16 points for the Jaguars, who split the season series against PNW.
The Pride (13-16, 11-10 CCAC) received a double-double (23 points, 11 rebounds) from Torrance Johnson in their final regular season game in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. PNW will move to the NCAA Division II ranks next season.
"It was good to finally see a last-second shot go our way," said GSU Head Coach Tony Bates. "The guys worked hard and deserved this win."
Governors State finished its second varsity season with an 11-19 overall record and an 8-13 mark in the CCAC — good enough for sixth place in the South Division.