Charles Neal made three free throws with three seconds remaining to play to lift Menlo College's men's basketball team past Benedictine, 81-80, on the second day of the Cactus Classic in Gilbert, Ariz. on Monday.
Neal's free throws culminated a wild finish in which the lead changed hands nine times and was tied on 10 other occasions over the final 14 minutes of play.
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Menlo meets Embry-Riddle in the final game of the tournament on Tuesday night. The Eagles (5-3) played a late game Monday night.
The Oaks have won seven straight since a two-game slide in the middle of November. Menlo has won five of those games by three points or less.
Menlo were 8-of-17 from the field and 11-of-13 from the foul line over the final 14 minutes while Benedictine was 11-of-21 from the field and 4-of-6 from the foul line.
Benedictine took a 42-29 lead with 49 seconds left in the first half. Tyler Evans scored with 17 seconds left to bring it within 42-31 at halftime.
Paine led Menlo with 17 points while Henry Cornelious added 13. Jeremiah Testa and Neal each had 11 points.