"Coach said in the huddle to get the ball to [Grier],'' Knapper said, "and tells me to spot up on the baseline and for him to pitch it back. We've got Euro plays in our playbook, so he just Euro-ed it to me and I just raised up for the shot. It felt good when it came out.''
SC won the game with a 3, but was bad from distance all night, missing its first nine tries and going just 2 of 13. Huntington, meanwhile, was staying in the game with 3s, making five in the fourth quarter and 10 in all to help offset a 43-29 rebounding deficit.
Dunn-Martin (21 points, seven rebounds) had five 3s and Meadows four.
"I'm proud of the way this team battled tonight,'' said Huntington coach Ron Hess. "We never quit. We got down a couple of times and kept battling back in the game. I'm proud of how hard they played. That's what you want to see from a team like this.
"It was a big game for us, so it's a tough loss, no doubt about it. But we played hard and got after it tonight. When the kids do that, I can't complain a whole bunch.''
The Highlanders wound up losing both games without the 6-foot-4 Nicks, a second-team all-state selection last year, as they fell 65-60 at George Washington on Saturday. Nicks is expected back in the lineup tonight at home against Nitro.
Hess didn't want to speculate on how Huntington might have done with Nicks.
"You can't worry about that,'' Hess said. "You can't say what-ifs. You've just got to go with what you have, and that's what we did.''
Herbert, though, said Nicks' absence was a sticking point for SC, which trailed by as many as six points early and never led by more than seven.
"I'm being positive about this,'' Herbert said. "They caused us huge matchup problems without him being here because . . . they had five perimeter guys out there and we had to put post guys on perimeter guys. We were like a fish out of water trying to guard those guys sometimes because our post guys are used to guarding post people . . . They had us in a bind.''
Anthony Billings added 10 points for SC, whose bench outscored Huntington 11-0, with Tre Clark providing six points and five rebounds.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.