INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- When the curtain closed on competitive basketball at the 72-year-old Fleming Hall, West Virginia State's Bo King had the last word.
And his team's last 10 points.
And the last steal.
And the last stolen victory.
The 6-foot-1 senior from Charleston flat-out stole an 84-81 victory from Virginia-Wise in a game that could keep the Yellow Jackets home for the start of the Mountain East Conference tournament.
The visiting Cavaliers had mauled the less-physical Jackets for much of the second half, wiping out a 14-point deficit and taking an 80-74 lead with 56.7 seconds remaining and Anton Hutchins freshly fouled out.
Desperate times called for King to play with controlled desperation, and that started with a quick 3-pointer. State called timeout with 50.3 seconds left.
As the Cavaliers tried to pound it inside (again), the Jackets' Dominic Phillips stole the ball underneath but was called for rolling onto the end line. That may have drawn the final boos in that acoustically dreadful gym, one in which the 213 fans sounded like 21,300.
Deon Boyce took the inbounds pass for Wise and was fouled, and missed one of his two free throws. King, who finished with 28 points, blew through the Cavs' defense for a quick bucket, making the score 81-79 with 30.3 seconds left.
After another State timeout, it happened.
King picked Charles George's pocket, furiously drove the ball the 45 feet or so to the rim, drew contact and got the basket. The suddenly raucous gathering quieted just enough for King's free throw, which gave State an 82-81 lead.
From there, the Fleming gods weighed in. Javon Moore's jumper missed, but that favored a UVa-Wise team that yanked down 28 offensive rebounds. But not this time - the ball seemed to magically spring over the backboard, giving State possession with 4.2 seconds left.
King hit two free throws to set the final score and Moore missed a rushed 25-footer and that was that.