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RED WOLVES WIN AT BUZZER
January 5, 2013IU EAST BROADCAST SPORTS
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. - The last point of emphasis on the green chalkboard in the Red Wolves' locker room read, "Be at your best when your best is needed."
Marcus Isaac was.
Isaac scored on a drive on the left side of the lane with two-tenths of a second remaining to lift the Indiana University East men's basketball team to an 86-85 win against tournament host College of the Ozarks on the opening night of the McDonalds Classic on Jan. 4.
Isaac (Indianapolis, Ind./Purdue University North Central), a senior guard, finished with 22 points as IU East improved to 11-4.
"It was much easier for me to do something like that knowing my team has 100 percent confidence in me to do something like that," Isaac said.
College of the Ozarks, which hosts the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament each year, fell to 11-4. The Bobcats had been unbeaten at home this season. IU East had been 0-2 in two national tournament games in Keeter Gym.
The Red Wolves needed Isaac's heroics after Mike Wiebe put the Bobcats ahead 85-84 with a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining.
"It was a lot of teamwork," said IU East coach Mark Hester. "First thing I told them was it's not a big deal (to fall behind), we just need to make a shot. Then (assistant coach Tyler) Rigby had showed me a play earlier we used to get it in to Marcus pretty much uncontested.
"I told Marcus, 'You're not passing this ball, no matter what. Make sure you get to the hole. You've got plenty of time. Make sure you get a quality shot.' And he got a real good shot."
IU East also got 20 points from sophomore guard Tyler Fangman (Cold Spring, Ky./Beechwood High School).
The Red Wolves made 10 3-pointers in the first half to build a six-point halftime lead. IU East led by as much as 14 in the second half before Ozarks rallied.
"We shot well, but it was because we took a lot of good shots," Isaac said.
Wiebe led Ozarks with 23 points.
IU East concludes its stay at the McDonalds Classic with a game against No. 19 Bellevue at 2 p.m. (IU East time) on Jan. 5.