"Just score is all I wanted,'' Morris said. "No matter how we do it, just win. That's all I wanted to do.''
All SC could manage after that was a running half-court heave from Kentre Grier that was off the mark at the final buzzer.
"I'm not going to complain,'' said SC coach Vic Herbert, "and I'm sure the fouls were even. But in that situation, when the game had been kind of rough - they'd been letting them play - then there was a touch foul, which was probably a foul. But it wasn't in the context with the way the game was being called. They were letting us play.
"I'm not going to make excuses. We didn't do what we needed to do at the end. We were up seven with 2:45 to go in the game. We want them to run clock and hold it and we took a couple of stupid shots. But I was expecting this - this in an experienced team. I thought we'd take a couple setbacks early; I thought it would happen before now.
"But I always said if we play hard, I'll take the blame for losses. We played hard, so it's my fault.''
Cunningham added 17 points and nine rebounds for SC, and Billings had a double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds).
For Capital, which led 47-42 in rebounding and had five fewer turnovers than SC's 22, Kinney donated 17 points, Bryce Goldsmith 11 with seven rebounds and Davis 10 points. Grose grabbed 13 boards and Morris stole the ball nine times.
"Both teams were playing aggressive, man-to-man pressing defenses,'' Clark said. "Kids didn't handle that pressure as well as we would hope - both teams. We like to play teams like that. The more we can play teams that put pressure on you, as the season goes on, that should make you better.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.