KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Virginia Intermont's Javon Price came off the bench and scored 24 points, as the sixth-seeded Cobras got past third-seed Tennessee Wesleyan, 84-80, in the Quarterfinals of the 2014 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday.
With the win, VI (now 12-15 on the year), move onto Friday's semifinals, where they will take on second-seed Reinhardt (Ga.). The loss by Tennessee Wesleyan (16-13 overall) ends their 2013-14 season.
In the first half, VI came out on fire, opening up a quick 13-point lead at 17-4 with 13 minutes left in the period. Despite TWC coming back and cutting the Cobra lead down to three points (23-20), VI was the aggressor all period, going back up double-digits at 32-20 after a 9-0 run.
For the rest of the half, the Cobras maintained the large lead, going into the locker room for intermission up, 45-32. It was more of the same throughout the second half, as the Cobras held an 82-72 lead with two minutes to go.
Here, TWC made one last run, cutting the Cobra lead all the way down to three points (83-80) with 13 seconds left. After VI nailed a free throw to go up four, TWC could do nothing on their last possession, as VI held off the late rally to take the four-point upset win.
Overall, Price ignited the Cobras off the bench with his 24-point effort. Meanwhile, AAC Player of the Year Joshua Hart had 20 points in the victory. TWC was led in the loss by Deante' Jenkins and Tyler Burse, who had 25 points, apiece.