HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — Nate Johnson had a career-high 29 points as Gardner-Webb narrowly defeated High Point 79-76 in overtime on Thursday night.
Gardner-Webb (7-11, 3-3 Big South Conference) opened the overtime period with a 13-5 run and held on as High Point scored the final five points of the game.
John-Michael Wright's four-point play gave High Point (5-15, 2-5) the lead with 2:37 left in the first half and the Panthers stayed in front until Johnson's 3-pointer with 28 seconds left in the second half tied it at 66. Wright missed a 3-point attempt at the end of regulation.
Jose Perez had 17 points for Gardner-Webb. Jaheam Cornwall added 13 points. Eric Jamison Jr. had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Wright scored a season-high 31 points and had six rebounds for the Panthers. Denny Slay II added 12 points. Eric Coleman Jr. had 10 points.
Gardner-Webb faces Charleston Southern at home on Saturday. High Point faces Longwood at home on Saturday.