The Missouri S&T Miners traveled to Tahlequah, Okla., on Tuesday for the final game of 2019 and picked up a win over the 24th ranked team in Division II.

The Missouri S&T Miners traveled to Tahlequah, Okla., on Tuesday for the final game of 2019 and picked up a win over the 24th ranked team in Division II.

CJ Hedgepeth hit a 3-point shot with four seconds left to deliver a 76-75 win and give the Miners their first win on the road over a ranked team in 20 years.

This, after S&T trailed at the half 42-28.

The Miners were just under 50 percent shooting, making 12 out of 28 shots they attempted. Northeastern State was 14 for 30 in the half, and used seven 3-pointers to pull ahead.

Then, Missouri S&T began to chip away at the deficit and outscored Northeastern State 48-33 in the second half of the contest. It was the most points the Miners had scored in a half this season. S&T shot 59 percent in the second half and was 10 for 14 from the 3-point line.

As a team the Miners finished shooting 51 percent in the game. They were also 81 percent from the free throw line, though, they only shot six the entire night. There were six lead changes, three ties and Missouri S&T found a way to come out on top.

Jordan Newt led the team with 17 points, while Hedgepeth was just behind him with his 16. Mitch Fairless and Nathan Elmer also scored 13 and 12 points in the win and Dulan Scott rounded out the double figures with 10 points of his own.

“I’m so proud of this team’s ability to keep battling, even when shots weren’t falling. We had an extremely slow start and that is usually insurmountable against a top 25 team on the road,” Missouri S&T coach Bill Walkers said. “The entire team contributed and I was so happy for CJ to step up and hit the game winner. It will certainly help make it a Merry Christmas for us all.”

The Miners next game is at Lindenwood on January 2.